Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury, but that is unlikely to affect the team much.
That’s according to Jack Wilshere, who has named two teammates who could fill the gap left by the absence of the 2014 World Cup winner.
‘Ozil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won't change much in the centre', Sky Sports quotes the England international midfielder as saying. 'Chambo will get a chance. Theo is coming back as well. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance'.
Wilshere does have a point. Arsenal fans and pundits have been criticising manager Arsene Wenger’s stance to play Ozil on the wide, but his injury means that they will not be missing their ‘number 10’.
In fact, Santi Cazorla could be used as the creator-in-chief and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be deployed out wide.
England international Chamberlain is certainly more adept at playing as a winger than Ozil. The 21-year-old has abundance of pace and is strong, and given that he is hungry for games, he is going to give his all in all the matches.
Theo Walcott has only just returned to training and is unlikely to be thrown into action anytime soon. Another player with loads of pace, the England international will be important for the Gunners out wide as the season progresses.
Ozil’s injury is a bitter blow to Arsenal, but they do have players who can compensate for his loss.