Speaking to Arsenal.com (via the Metro) Walcott stated that a couple of injuries have taken their toll on his Gunners’ team mate over the past few years but he is hoping Oxlade-Chamberlain will come back stronger, and become more consistent in his performances:
“Everyone will want to see a lot more from him definitely. But I was like that at that age. It all comes down to hard work, that’s all it is. He’s obviously had a couple of injuries but they can make you stronger to be honest.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been fit for the entire campaign so far, and although he had a strong patch of form between late October and mid December where he scored one goal, and provided four assists in a run of six league games, he has been used sparingly in recent matches.
He was an unused substitute against Burnley last time out and his last start came against Preston North End in the FA Cup third round earlier this month. He will be hoping for another opportunity to impress in the fourth round tie against Southampton tomorrow.