Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is “absolutely over the moon” to see Theo Walcott return from injury.
Walcott replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 80th minute against Burnley to make his first appearance for Arsene Wenger’s side since January.
The forward received a huge reception when he came on and some words of encouragement from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who followed in his footsteps when moving to Arsenal from Southampton three years ago.
"He’s been a massive part of my career since I’ve been at Arsenal and a big inspiration for me as my mentor"
“I’m absolutely over the moon to see him back,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. ”He’s been a massive part of my career since I’ve been at Arsenal and a big inspiration for me as my mentor, so to see him injured for as long as he was upsetting and disappointing.
“What was better than that, though, was that I saw how professional he was throughout and how positive he stayed, so there’s nobody that deserves success more than he does.
“I’m really happy to see him back and he deserves every success in the rest of the season. I’m sure he’s going to help us.
“We’re coming towards a busy Christmas and New Year schedule where anything can happen. We’ve got a lot of games coming up and we’ve built up a nice bit of momentum with a few good results, so we need to keep building on that.”
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