By Tony Hughes
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a rare Premier League start against Sunderland, after Theo Walcott was ruled out after a late fitness test, and Gunners fans are happy with their star man’s replacement.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice on Tuesday in the EFL Cup tie against Reading and Arsenal will be hoping he takes his form to the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal are expected to take advantage of their early kick-off to put space between them and leaders Manchester City. A win would take them three points clear at the top.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made three Premier League starts this season and will be looking to push for a regular berth with an impressive performance on Saturday.
Arsenal fans have said that it’s a massive chance that the player needs to take. Here are a selection of their tweets:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will score today. #AFC
— Harsh Sethia (@harshsethia) October 29, 2016
— S. (@Zeus_Cannon) October 29, 2016
Looking forward to the Arsenal game. Hope the Ox can build on his league cup form from earlier in the week and prove the doubters wrong.
— Andre' (@Andre__CT) October 29, 2016
Good to see the ox in the team @Alex_OxChambo ?
— All Things Arsenal (@allthingsarsena) October 29, 2016
— ARSENAL (@MutungaKelvin_) October 29, 2016
Happy with the squad.. excited to see the Ox start after recent good form. After last week the boys should be looking at a big win #Arsenal
— Joshua Gooner Cullen (@cullen8794) October 29, 2016
Gibbs, Ox and Iwobi all deserve to start today. Excited to see how Coquelin and Elneny pair up in the midfield. Confident they'll succeed.
— Mia San Arsènal (@MiaSanArsenal) October 29, 2016
Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey makes the bench as Arsene Wenger has other injury issues to deal with. Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal both failed late fitness tests, although they should be back in time for the eagerly-awaited London derby with Spurs next Sunday.
Santi Cazorla is also still out after missing last Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.
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