Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Why Arsenal are facing huge December

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain underlines the Gunners desire to finish festive period on top

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Arsenal are facing a massive December ahead of the visit of Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners are facing an injury crisis after Laurent Koscielny, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla all picked up problems during the north London side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend.

We are only two points off top spot, so it’s vital to capitalise on this period

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal have failed to win their last two Premier League games after a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion was followed by Sunday evening’s stalemate with the Canaries.

Arsene Wenger’s side are two points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of the visit of the Black Cats on Saturday, and Oxlade-Chamberlain explained why it is important the Gunners make a good start to the month.

“I think it’s going to be massive,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website.

“It is always really important because the games come thick and fast and if you have a good Christmas it can really start your new year off well.

“The table can really shuffle around because there are so many games in a short space of time, so it’s very important. We are only two points off top spot, so it’s vital to capitalise on this period because I do think it’s never easy for any side.

“There are always some teams that do slip up or have a few bad results in this period, so it is obviously much better to be one of the sides that comes out of Christmas in a positive way. Ultimately that is the aim for us, and only being two points off the top.”

Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain made his return from injury at Carrow Road last weekend as he featured in the final 18 minutes against Norwich.

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The England forward has only started three Premier League appearances this season.

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