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A certain Jack Wilshere is currently back in Arsenal colours where the free-agent is trying to build up his fitness and sharpness as he tries to find a new club.

His return to Hale-End has resulted in the Arsenal supporters reminiscing about the past and recent transfer rumours surrounding one of his former teammates has also got the fans talking.

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There are suggestions that Arsenal want to re-sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Liverpool on a loan deal in January – four years after he left for Anfield in a £35 million deal (BBC Sport).

One man that would have seen Oxlade-Chamberlain up, close and personal during these past few years would have been Virgil van Dijk.

And the hard-hitting Dutchman previously spoke in glowing terms about his teammate, who suffered a long-term cruciate ligament injury in 2018.

It meant that the Englishman spent a large period of time on the sidelines and meant that he would have faced a number of physiological challenges.

But when he returned back to field, scoring in the Champions League two seasons later, Van Dijk praised the ‘positive’ nature in which his teammate handled himself, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Even in 2019, Van Dijk was labelling Oxlade-Chamberlain as a ‘quality player’, which suggests that there is still a serious amount of talent in his boots.

“He’s such a great guy,” said Van Dijk. “Such an important guy for the group.

“He’s a quality player and he showed it, not only with his goals, but also with his all-round game.

“During a difficult period, he always managed to stay positive. We were all there for him.”

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Arsenal fans will be questioning why on earth they are possibly going back to a player that just didn’t work out for them.

But when you receive that type of praise from a player of Van Dijk’s ilk then it is worth standing up for.

The problem the Ox faces on Merseyside is the quality of players ahead of him and needing those regular minutes to showcase what he is all about.

Perhaps he gets that at the Emirates, which can get his engine going again, as well as Arsenal’s.

But, on the other hand, it would be understandable if some fans feel they would rather push with the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, rather than bring back Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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