After missing out with a back injury since November, the young full-back is hoping to make up for lost time by impressing in a Gunners shirt on his return
The north London side have suffered a drought of full-backs after injuries to the likes of the 20-year-old and Bacary Sagna and thus have been forced to play defenders out of position, with mostly unsuccessful results.
The former Charlton man has been sidelined since suffering a stress fracture in his back against West Brom on November 5 and despite conceding the injury cost him a number of first-team opportunities, he believes the experience has helped him progress.
"Overall I felt the injury was a shame really because I was really getting into my stride before I got injured," he told Arsenal.com.
"I was gutted about that but I am almost back now and I am just looking forward to showing people what I can do to impress in an Arsenal shirt.
"It's been strange because I got my chance at Charlton because of an injury. The first-choice right back at Charlton at the time was a lot older than me, he got injured and I took my chance.
"Now I've experienced the other side and it has been a bit of a nightmare, knowing I would have probably got an awful lot of chances in that time.
"Every time I pull on an Arsenal shirt it's an honour and to think that I have probably missed out on a good 10 games that I could have played in has just been frustrating. But at the same time it's enabled me to take a step back and watch and learn.
"I have had different experiences with injuries but I am close to fitness now so hopefully the future will be brighter."