Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost certain to play against Liverpool

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is almost certain to play against Liverpool after Arsenal deemed his groin injury to be less severe than first suspected, reports The Telegraph.

Oxlade-Chamberlain put in another impressive performance in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening but had to be substituted in injury time owing to his injury. Arsene Wenger admitted he was worried about the 21-year-old and the prospect of another midfield option adding to a long injury list.

Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky while Abou Diaby is still deemed unfit to return to first team duties. The £60,000-a-week star played in a central role in Arsenal's last two game against Galatasaray the Magpies, adding gravitas to the situation.

Impressive form

But while he remains relatively inexperienced in the position, he has suitably impressed alongside Mathieu Flamini. He entered the field on Saturday with an inflammation in his groin and aggravated it towards the end of the game.

The Gunners were given three days off by Wenger for a Christmas break but returned to training this morning when Oxlade-Chamberlain was able to be assessed by the already busy medical team at London Colney.

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It seems he has reacted positively to fitness tests and looks set to travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool in a crucial Premier League clash. However, the England international will be closely assessed in the build up to the game at Anfield.

Christmas mayhem

Wenger is hoping the three-day break awarded to most of the squad will reap rewards as Arsenal enter a hectic Christmas period. The Gunners face five games in 15 days including a repeat of last season's FA Cup final against Hull City in the third round of the same competition.

The Gunners will be hoping to welcome Theo Walcott, Arteta and Ramsey back to the squad by then while Mesut Ozil and Wilshere remain long-term absentees. If Arsenal's injury problems do not ease by the new year Wenger has admitted he will be forced to enter the transfer market.

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