After having so many players out, Arsenal’s injury curse is gradually lifting as the injuries are gradually abating ( well, bar the recent very short term injures to Ramsey, Ozil, Gibbs and Giroud ). The Gunners have gradually nursed back to fitness key stars like Cazorla, walcott and now Podolski. The latest in the line of returnees is England winger Oxlade Chamberlain.
The former saints prodigy who suffered serious knee injury on the opening day of the season is closing in on a return with the North London derby FA Cup clash penciled down as his return date but should he fail to make the derby, he could be in line for a return against Aston Villa, the same opponents against who he suffered the injury.
Certainly having Chamberlain back is huge news for Wenger. In his absence Arsenal have suffered lack of width and pace on the wings especially when Walcott and Podolski were also out. Now that he has returned, Wenger can turn to him to help inject more pace on the wings. His return could also see Walcott or Podolski playing more as a central striker since he could always replace either men on the wings.
Arsenal are certainly short of strikers with Giroud currently injured though reportedly closing in on a return but certainly, he can’t be rushed lest he suffers a more severe one. The fact that Bendtner is also out for a longer period (six weeks) and Wenger is yet to land another striker, apparently, he might need to put up with a makeshift attack and that could include either playing Walcott or Podolski as central strikers or resorting to false nine. Whichever one he opts for, Chamberlain would be very useful.
Finally, he would be a decent addition on the bench. He might not be a Suarez but he is certainly not a Miyachi and would strike greater fear in the hearts of defenders especially coming off the bench in the twilight of matches. With the huge number of matches coming up in February and March, we need all our good legs back. Chamberlain is back, Diaby and Sanogo, what are you waiting for?