After Arsene Wenger revealed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be back in the squad for the trip to Aston Villa, the midfielder got some valuable playing time under his belt tonight.
He turned out for the U21s against Fulham in the Under-21 Premier League Cup and played for 45 minutes. He was, according to reports, bright and inventive, and almost scored late in the half.
Arsenal went on to win with a second half Thomas Eisfeld, but with Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season having Oxlade-Chamberlain sharp as soon as possible will be a priority for Arsene Wenger.
Earlier, Carl Jenkinson, who also played in the game against Fulham, said, “He’s a fantastic player who brings an awful lot to the team.
“To have him back in and around the group is a boost for everyone – he’s only young but he’s a key member of the squad.”