Theo Walcott's injury is a devastating blow for club and country, with the forward in sensational form prior to his ACL tear.
There is however help on the horizon, in the form of his young protege Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The winger has been out of action since the first day of the season, when he sustained knee injury of his own against Aston Villa.
January was pencilled in as his return, and not only is he on schedule, he has returned to full training as reports Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph.
Not much good news today for Arsenal but Vermaelen knee scan positive, Arteta OK for Villa game and Ox returned to full training— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 6, 2014
While the circumstances surrounding Walcott are far from ideal, Oxlade-Chamberlain's timing could not be better and will give the squad a lift as he gets back to form.
Losing Walcott is a huge blow, but if any side in the Premier League were well equipped to deal with it, then it is Arsenal who possess the exciting Oxlade-Chamberlain in their ranks.
There may have been a concern that he will now be rushed back into the side, but the emergence of German whizkid Serge Gnabry means 'The Ox' can continue to be eased back into first team action.
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