Photos: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Arsenal training

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Gunners midfielder looked determined ahead of his side's FA Cup final clash with Aston Villa.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked determined in Arsenal first-team training on Friday afternoon as the north London side made their final preparations ahead of an FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsenal will take on Tim Sherwood's men at Wembley but Oxlade-Chamberlain heads into the clash short of match fitness - has only made one appearance (from the bench) in two months.

Last year, meanwhile, the Ox missed Arsenal's triumphant FA Cup final clash with Hull City through injury. But the 21-year-old says he doesn't want boss Arsene Wenger to pick him against Aston Villa for sentimental reasons.

He is quoted as telling the Times by the London Evening Standard: "It is important I don’t get picked through sentiment or feeling sorry. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about missing it."

 Per Game GoalsAssistsChances CreatedAppearancesMinutes Played
Olivier Giroud 0.52 0.11 1.07 27 1,867
Alexis Sánchez 0.46 0.23 2.31 35 2,949
Theo Walcott 0.36 0 0.29 14 441
Aaron Ramsey 0.21 0.21 1.62 29 2,009
Santiago Cazorla 0.19 0.3 2.11 37 2,992
Mesut Özil 0.18 0.23 3.18 22 1,859
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 0.04 0.04 1.52 23 1,491

As Opta stats show, the Arsenal man has struggled for goals, assists and chances created compared to the north London side's most in-form players this season thanks to his lack of game time.

Based on those figures, then, Oxlade-Chamberlain wouldn't be Wenger's first choice against Aston Villa. But the young Gunner does have pace - something that'll be needed up against a quick Villa side whose engine is provided by the likes of Fabian Delph.

It'll be interesting to see if the Ox plays a part at Wembley...

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