Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken of his delight at getting back to action after five months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The England international put in an impressive 45-minute performance as Arsenal Under-21s beat Fulham 1-0 in the Premier League Cup on Thursday.
The 20-year-old was pleased with his performance, and he admits he has learnt a lot from his spell out of the game.
"The main thing was that I got through it and that is a positive. It is just really good to be back"
“It was the first match I’ve played in five months so it was more about getting the minutes under my belt and getting used to being back on a football pitch,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
“On the ball I know I can do a lot better than that but it takes a few weeks, maybe even a month, to get back to your full sharpness. Obviously I wasn’t at my full fitness here and it was quite hard, but the main thing was that I got through it and that is a positive. It is just really good to be back.
“It’s never easy having an injury, especially when it’s your first long-term one because you are not used to it and not sure how it will pan out. When I look back on it’s been a good learning curve, but at the same time it is somewhere you don’t want to be.
“I am just thankful that I got through it and I’ll look to push on from here.”
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