Arsenal midfielder fit to face Chelsea

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided Arsenal with a timely boost after it was revealed he did not suffer an injury in Sunday's 1-0 north London derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur, and will be fit to face Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.

The Daily Mail reports how the 20-year-old midfielder was substituted late-on at White Hart Lane with a suspected calf problem, but the England international is expected to be available for selection on Saturday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger already has a number of first-team stars sidelined, with Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all currently out of action.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in fine form for the Emirates Stadium outfit in recent weeks, and has excelled in a central midfield position for the Premier League title contenders.

His availability for this weekend's top-of-the-table clash against Chelsea will breed confidence in the Arsenal dressing room that they can go to Stamford Bridge and earn all three points against Jose Mourinho's men, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday.

First though, the Blues must navigate their way past Galatasaray in the Champions League last-16 tonight, with the tie tentatively poised at 1-1 from the first leg in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Wenger's troops have five days rest after the Spurs game to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming Premier League match in west London, which could prove decisive in this year's tightly-contested title race.

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