A matter of days after losing Walcott to a season-ending injury, the gloom has been lifted a shade at Arsenal by the return of the Ox.
As reported by Adam Shergold of the Mail, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made an appearance for the Gunners' Under-21 side.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has not featured for Arsenal's first string since damaging his knee on the opening day of the season, but the winger returned to training last week.
His bid for fitness stepped up a level on Thursday, as he featured in the 1-0 win over Fulham's reserves.
According to Shergold, he made a positive impression in the 48 minutes he played. In his piece, Shergold wrote:
Clearly keen to put the setback behind him and get miles in the tank, Oxlade-Chamberlain switched constantly between flanks in a lively return, though some aspects of his game are naturally still rusty
His long-awaited return was nearly capped with a goal when he connected sweetly with a half-volley from 25 yards only for Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen to save well.