Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return for Arsenal as soon as Monday night, as he sets his sights on a place at the World Cup.
Chamberlain, who has been out through injury since the opening day of the season, may play a role in Arsenal's under 21 game against Fulham on Thursday night. And, if all goes well he could play a role in Monday's clash with Villa. Chamberlain has been out for five months after suffering a knee injury kept him on the sidelines.
Despite being out for a considerable amount of time, Chamberlain is already looking ahead to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
According to BT Sport, Chamberlain expressed his excitement when talking about representing England this summer, with the 20-year-old saying: "As a young guy growing up watching football and watching World Cups, this will be my first one (that I can play in)."
Should the Arsenal star win a place, it won't be his first international tournament, as he joined the England squad during Euro 2012 as an 18-year-old. Chamberlain has scored 3 goals for his country in thirteen games, with the later being the highlight coming against Brazil in a friendly.
Wenger will be delighted to see Chamberlain back fit after losing Theo Walcott to injury in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Tottenham last weekend.
Unlike Walcott, who will miss the competition through the injury he picked up, should Chamberlain be fit for the summer he should find himself with a place in the squad. Players such as Ross Barkley could cause teams a lot of problems alongside other players hoping to make the grade.
Should both players appear, they could play a big role in England's progression in the competition.
Chamberlain told BT Sport: "For now I am just focused on getting back in and around the Arsenal team and helping us do well this season, (going to) the World Cup is definitely something I would like to achieve."
Arsenal fans will be more than happy to see the player return from injury as the Gunners lead the way in the Premier League and look like holding onto their place at the top.
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