When Aaron Ramsey was substituted with a hamstring injury on Tuesday evening, he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It was to be expected and will continue over the coming weeks as Ramsey recovers from the injury. Now, with a run in the team, the England winger will have a chance to rediscover his form and force his way into Arsène Wenger’s plans.
Of the entire Arsenal squad, Oxlade-Chamberlain has had the most disappointing time of it recently. Despite being 22 now, he seems to have hardly developed over the last few years. He remains inconsistent and his end product is as patchy as it’s ever been. Now is the time to deliver.
Circumstances have worked strongly in his favour. Jack Wilshere or Danny Welbeck would arguably seen as more natural replacements in Ramsey’s current role, while Theo Walcott is now playing centrally instead of on the right. Serge Gnabry is out on loan and Jeff Reine-Adelaide – assuming Wenger would have trusted him this soon – is at the u17 World Cup.
There’s no competition but Joel Campbell, and there’s little reason to think he’ll be starting regularly over the next month. As Arsenal have started to put together results they’ve lost a key man, but Ox has the chance to assert himself as an important member of Arsène Wenger’s squad.
If he does, and Arsenal don’t feel Ramsey’s injury too much, he could help keep our recent form alive.