Arsenal's season has got off to a slightly inauspicious start, with just two wins from the first seven Premier League games. However, they have lost just once, and that came on Sunday as Arsene Wenger's terrible run against Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho continued with a 2-0 defeat to the Blues.
The new season hasn't brought around any better form for playmaker Mesut Ozil though. The German suffered a tough first season in the Premier League after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.5m in September 2013, and his underwhelming World Cup campaign has been followed up by more poor performances.
Now, his season has hit another stumbling block after the 25-year-old suffered a knee injury, meaning that Wenger will have to reshuffle his pack after the international break, and it could prove to be great news for one particular Arsenal midfielder.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a bit-part player so far this season, but came on against Chelsea on Sunday as a direct replacement for Santi Cazorla - who had actually impressed more than Ozil. Upon Oxlade-Chamberlain's introduction, the former Southampton prodigy picked up the ball and instantly had a driving run at the Chelsea defence - something that Ozil hadn't done, and though that's not necessarily his game, he was more dangerous in just 20 minutes on the pitch than Ozil was in 90.
Cazorla and the returning Theo Walcott will stake a claim to be included on the right hand side of midfield, but Oxlade-Chamberlain has been impressive in limited time on the pitch so far this season, and deserves the opportunity to show that he can add a different dimension than Ozil was offering.
With the pace of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez flanking Danny Welbeck, Arsenal can have a dynamic front line - whilst England would also reap the benefits of Oxlade-Chamberlain playing more football as he bids to break into the starting XI of the national team.