Chamberlain fit for Liverpool showdown

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had limped off with a groin problem during Arsenal’s 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United at the Emirates on Saturday, prompting fears that he might sit out next week’s crunch encounter with Liverpool.

Moreover, the possible injury meant that another player was going to be spending time on the treatment table along with Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky.

However, Arsene Wenger’s fears have been somewhat allayed after the team’s medical staff reported the player to be recovering swiftly from an inflammation in his groin. The England international has paired up with Mathieu Flamini in central midfield in the past two games and has excelled in this new role.

And although the Arsenal medical staff will continue assessing the former Southampton man,it is very likely that the player is in line to start the crunch Premier League encounter against the Merseysiders who have struggled for consistency so far this season.

Following the recent league win over Newcastle, most of the Gunners squad was given a three-day holidayby Wenger ahead of an intense fixture list over Christmas and the new yearbut on Wednesday, the players returned for training.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!