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Wenger to consider starting Oxlade-Chamberlain on Saturday

A strong showing in yesterday’s League Cup match could have the Ox back in the starting XI.

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Arsenal v Reading - EFL Cup Fourth Round
The Ox is enjoying a strong run of recent form.
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According to a report from The Telegraph, Arsene Wenger will “seriously consider” starting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain over Alex Iwobi this Saturday when Arsenal visits Sunderland in Premier League action.

This news comes after a strong recent run of form for the Ox, who scored two goals in yesterday’s League Cup match against Reading to go with a goal against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League last week.

Of course, saying Wenger will “seriously consider” starting Ox does not shed much light on whether or not he will actually, you know, start. If Wenger were to “super seriously consider” starting Ox on Saturday, then I would be intrigued.

Still, after having an underwhelming start to the season, it’s good to see the Ox playing well. Given that the current attacking group of Iwobi-Ozil-Sanchez-Walcott has played a lot of minutes this season, some squad rotation there would certainly be welcome, and having solid depth is always a plus. The Telegraph also notes that Aaron Ramsey should be available soon.