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Getting The Groove Back

Such has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury problems this season, and therefore lack of involvement on the international scene, I had almost forgotten about him.

Which is strange, how could I forget about such a talented footballer!

Perhaps forgot is the wrong word, more an oversight...

You have to go back to the opening day of the season, and an Arsenal defeat to Villa, for the last time that Oxlade-Chamberlain turned out as a knee injury picked up in that game has kept him sidelined since.

His first aim is to get back to full fitness; then he knows he has to force himself back into the Arsenal side again to be playing regular 1st team football again.

If that comes, which you would like to think it would, he then knows he has to produce the goods that see him return to the international side on merit (you would at least hope this is what he would have to do to warrant an England recall!)

Should all these pieces fall into place, as hoped, he feels that last summers involvement with the England squad that went to Rio to face Brazil can help, his goalscoring exploits in the 2-2 at the Maracana certainly gave him the incentive to want more.

He said: 'it was the inspiration for the whole team and for me personally to play there. Everybody wants to be in a World Cup in Brazil.

'The prospect of doing that is a motivation for me and I have to believe I can get there.

'First I have to focus on getting back into the Arsenal team and playing to a level that warrants being picked for England. I have to get my groove back, as they say.'

Its not like we have suddenly become overrun by world class talent, but midfield is an area that we have always been well stocked with on the whole but it is also an area that does contain a fair amount of talent to be fair, especially young and exciting talent.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is another one that falls into that category.

Once he is back and flying I would not think that he will not be able to get back into the England set-up though, and would be surprised if he was not able to. Assuming, as I suspect he will, he can that can only be a good thing for us with the world cup in mind...

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Writer: Rug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 16 2013

Time: 8:13PM

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I suppose he first has to get regular(ish) games with Arsenal before thinking about England. Clearly a quality player and one with a very bright future. I hope he can get 15-20 games between now and the summer, otherwise he might be wise to ask for a loan, though I doubt Wenger will agree to that

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