A few things have gone on over the weekend relating to Arsenal. The women’s team beat Everton 3-0 to keep their unbeaten run in the WSL going and remain top of the League. Bukayo Saka scored for England as they thrashed Andorra 5-0 and Thomas Partey got on the scoresheet as Ghana beat Zimbabwe 2-0.
Also, Tony Adams and Charlie George celebrated their birthdays.
The Sun, I know, not the most reliable of sources, suggest that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be returning to Arsenal in January on a loan until the end of the season. 2+2= 22, Granit Xhaka’s return might take longer than initially thought, or Arsenal want a bit of cover for Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny whilst they’re at the ACON. Jack Wilshere is already working on his fitness levels and as some of us have already suggested, ‘a play as you play contract’ given to him would be no surprise.
Come January, Mikel Arteta’s options will be AMN and Sambi Lukaku. They aren’t enough which was always going to be the case and probably the reason why so many of us here on HH were hoping, expecting even, for another midfielder back in the summer. Even with a fit Granit Xhaka, that trio is unlikely to be strong enough to cope with three competitions, assuming Arsenal will still be in the League Cup when 2022 arrives. There is another option for Mikel Arteta though and that’s Calum Chambers. A bit of a long shot perhaps but at least he has experience in that position having played there in the past.
If Liverpool are going to pay Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wages, Arsenal have nothing to lose by bringing him back to the club and if Jackie boy gets a short term deal, the same applies I think. It’s all speculation I know but two experienced players, both good players too would surely only help Arsenal to challenge for a place in Europe or get into one of the domestic Cup Finals rather than hinder? Jack loves Arsenal, we know that and his affection for the club can’t be bought. The younger players will love having him around I’m sure, just as they’d love seeing him back in the team and whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain might has cheesed off a few fans by heading off to Liverpool but who could blame at the time?
Anyway, speculation or not, would you like to see Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere be given deals at Arsenal until the end of the season?
See you in the comments.