Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked to the Welshman who had his own career threatening injury.
It’s been a tough season for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the Arsenal star has been sidelined since the opening Premier League fixture due to injury.
The 20-year-old clashed with Aston Villa’s Antonio Luna and damaged the cruciate ligament in the left knee, a problem that has ended some players’ careers.
During this difficult time the England international has looked to team-mate Aaron Ramsey for inspiration, with the midfielder in fine form this term after recovering from a similarly bad injury.
In 2010 Ramsey’s leg was broken by a reckless challenge from Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and the Welshman missed the best part of a year as a result.
Many criticised the 22-year-old in the coming seasons for poor displays, but 13 goals and six assists in 22 matches this campaign has silenced those doubters.
Now Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking to take a leaf out of the Wales international’s book.
“This season he has been phenomenal,” the Englishman was quoted by the Telegraph.
“We could always see he had so much ability and Aaron has come back from a tough, tough injury that was also really mentally challenging.
“You have to admire his mental strengths to keep faith in himself and he is seeing the rewards and so are we.”
It’s been a steady rise to fame for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was signed by the Gunners in 2011 from Southampton for a fee in the region of £15m.
Since then the midfielder has played 60 matches in all competitions and also has 13 caps and three goals for the Three Lions.
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