Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was back training with the Arsenal first team today (picture) having fully recovered from the knee injury which has kept him out since the opening day of the season.
The England midfielder required surgery following a nasty collision with Aston Villa defender Antonio Luna during the Gunners disappointing 3-1 defeat but after more than four months on the sidelines provides a welcome boost to Arsene Wenger just 48 hours after news of Theo Walcott’s season-ending ACL injury.
Chamberlain could be on the bench for Monday’s trip to Aston Villa, against whom he notched an assist for Olivier Giroud in his one performance this term, and will no doubt have his eye on proper game time against Coventry City in the FA Cup a week on Friday.
In other fitness updates, Giroud has recovered from his recent illness and should lead the line at Villa Park while Yaya Sanogo is also close to a return. Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are still out.