Why it is time for Oxlade Chamberlain to step up for Arsenal in Ramsey's absence

The winger has the chance to impress manager Arsene Wenger with the Welsh midfielder set to spend a spell on the sidelines.

With Aaron Ramsey set to spend an extended period on the treatment table, now is the time for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to prove his worth to Arsenal.

The Welsh midfielder has been in decent form for the Gunners despite playing in a wide right role, but now looks set to miss up to a month having hurt his hamstring in the win over Bayern Munich.

His injury will likely be a blow for Arsene Wenger’s side as they have looked impressive in recent weeks, with a consistent line up during that period having played a big part in success.

However, while the injury is bad news for Arsenal and Ramsey, it is good news for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

The winger has so far failed to impress this season, spending the majority of the season coming off the bench, a situation that is not ideal for him or Arsenal. 

But Ramsey’s injury gives him the chance to enjoy an extended spell in the side, and if he impresses, he could find himself in the position long term.

Much has been documented of Ramsey’s desire to play a more central role in the side, while he is not a natural fit in the right midfield position either.

Chamberlain is though, and his introduction could give the side a better balance, while an attacking trio of Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott is one that would worry opposition defences.

It is also a perfect time for him to come into the side, with his transition sure to be smoother with them enjoying their football and playing well.

There is no denying that Chamberlain has the talent and ability to be a big star for Arsenal, with last season's injury before the World Cup having seriously curtailed him in the last year or so. 

With Ramsey now out injured for a month of more, it could be the perfect time for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to start realising his potential and cement himself a first team place.

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