Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been left out of the starting lineup of late but could return to the XI in Monday’s trip to face Middlesbrough given the disjointed performances from the Gunners of late. Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny underperformed in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, and given Arsenal’s desperation to stop the rot may see Oxlade-Chamberlain called upon to inject some urgency to their build-up play.
The 23-year-old was introduced in the second-half of Monday’s defeat and showed signs of positivity in possession with his ability to bring the ball into attacking areas from deep. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a bright spark in the side in recent weeks while Arsenal struggle for consistency. The former Southampton man has yet to commit his long-term future to the club and manager Arsene Wenger has insisted its vital to hold on to him. So will he play him?
Middlesbrough will relinquish possession to Arsenal in order to stay resilient at the back so having players of substance in the middle of the park won’t be required. Having a more attacking and risk-taking player like Oxlade-Chamberlain will be essential to breaking down Boro so Wenger might give him the nod next week. Arsenal are 4/7 to win against Middlesbrough on Monday.
Will Oxlade-Chamberlain feature?