48 mins of danger: The Ox stars for Arsenal in u-21 return

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a return to action for Arsenal last night.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to competitive action for the first time since August last night, and didn't let it pass with a whimper.

Keen to protect him, he was allowed just 48 minutes before he was brought off - but he was the side's key dangerman during his time on the pitch.

This timeline of his key moments courtesy of the official Arsenal Twitter feed tells the story of his match.

Arsenal went onto win the game through a goal from German starlet Thomas Eisfeld, his fourth of the season for the under-21s.

Oxlade-Chamberlain likely could have continued for longer, but Arsene Wenger has plans for him to feature in the squad to travel to Aston Villa on Monday night.

Clearly the Gunners had seen enough from him to know that he would not wilt on his return to competitive action, involved heavily from the first whistle.

It's great news for Arsenal with Theo Walcott out injured, and with Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all passed fit or in contention for Monday night, their prospects of securing a vital away win look positive.

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