According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could well feature in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, citing that the England international has returned to full training. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been suffering with a hamstring injury picked up in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Southampton less than two weeks ago, missing the Gunners’ final three games as a result.
Arsenal host Everton on Sunday on the final weekend of the Premier League knowing that their top-four hopes are now out of their own hands.
The Gunners will kick-off this game one point behind fourth-place Liverpool and three points behind third-place Manchester City who have a superior goal difference of five.
Arsene Wenger’s side simply have to win and hope that one of their rival’s slips up, which looks unlikely, as City are away at out-of-form Watford and Liverpool host already relegated Middlesbrough.
Ronald Koeman seems to be preparing a proper reform at Goodison as Dutch manager plans to build a competitive side for next season’s edition of the Premier League by adding a couple of stand-out names to his squad.
Determined to make a strong statement of intent, Koeman is believed to be eyeing Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in an ambitious double raid, according to The Telegraph.
Faced with uncertain futures of first team stars Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley – who has been priced at £50 million by the Toffees – Everton boss is determined to bring adequate replacements.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be recalled for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City. The Spanish international has been on the periphery in recent weeks, having been dropped due to poor form, but is expected to return in a right wing-back role this weekend. His manager hinted as much after Wednesday’s win over Southampton.
Bellerin was axed from the starting eleven after manager Arsene Wenger adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing second fiddle to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But with the English midfielder now ruled out for the Stoke City with a hamstring injury, his Spanish counterpart will deputise. There had been question marks over Bellerin’s attacking quality in a wing-back role, but his manager has defended him ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium.
Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes alive of a top-four finish this season.
United had the first chance on goal on three minutes, as Wayne Rooney headed over the bar from a Juan Mata cross. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech was called into action on five minutes, parrying an Anthony Martial shot wide of goal.
Arsenal had their first real sight of goal on ten minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Aaron Ramsey in the box with a superb through ball, but the Welshman’s effort was saved low superbly by David De Gea.
With Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka injured ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has a decision to make on who to replace him in the engine room.
Francis Coquelin is the prime candidate to deputise given he’s a deep-lying defensive-minded midfielder. Mohamed Elneny, also a player of substance, is an option but has featured so little of late that he may miss out. But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be a wise choice given his form in recent weeks and what he brings to the midfield.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be fit to start against Leicester City in Wednesday’s Premier League clash, with manager Arsene Wenger revealing the English international hasn’t suffered a serious knock. “It was precautionary and not a serious injury. We will test him. It was a foot injury. We have medical checks to see who is available (for Leicester). Nobody else picked up any injuries in the game,” he said.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the Gunners’ standout star in 2017 and the English international impressed in Sunday’s FA Cup extra-time victory over Manchester City. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been operating as a right-sided wing-back due to the poor form of Hector Bellerin in recent weeks and was key in Arsenal coming from behind to reach the FA Cup final this weekend.
The 23-year-old played 105 minutes at Wembley Stadium and created more chances (3) than any his teammates, setting up Arsenal’s equaliser for Nacho Monreal. Oxlade-Chamberlain also made more dribbles (6) and whipped in eight crosses this weekend. While initially struggling at wing-back, he settled in the position and became influential in turning the tide on Pep Guardiola’s side.
Arsenal are through to the FA Cup final after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
City offered the first threat on goal on three minutes, as Kevin de Bruyne dragged an effort wide of goal from distance. There was then a period of the two teams feeling each other out and the Gunners had their first attempt of the game just prior to the quarter of an hour mark.
Olivier Giroud’s header from inside the area was straight at Claudio Bravo. City went up the other end and Petr Cech was forced into tipping a David Silva header wide of goal.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was honest in his interview after the Gunners earned a narrow victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, admitting the players had let standards slip during their woeful run of form.
The Gunners had lost five of their last eight Premier League games ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium, recently suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace which has all but ended their chances of a top-four finish.
And after stopping the rot to Middlesbrough, Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed players haven’t been giving their all of late.