Arsène Wenger is delighted to have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back from injury but says he is not a direct replacement for Theo Walcott.

The 20-year-old has been out for five months but could be available for Monday’s trip to Aston Villa after featuring for the under-21s on Thursday night.

The most important thing is that he played and came through it well

Arsène Wenger

Wenger believes it will take time for the England international to regain full fitness, but is prepared to select him for the trip to Villa Park.

"I would have no hesitation,” the boss said. "I don't know yet. The most important thing is that he played and came through it well. We'll see how he is but he's been out for five months. It takes some time to play in the Premier League.

"It's good to have him back. But [Walcott and him] are different types of players. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a bit more of a midfielder and Walcott is more a striker type. One doesn't compensate the other one because they are different players."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Isaac Moore 10 Jan 2014