OX IN THE BOX
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rarely featured for Arsenal this campaign, but he is a player expected to achieve begin the game in the next few years. He was playing in the lower leagues of English football only a few years ago. Now, he is starting to learn from his much illustrious teammates according to manager Arsene Wenger. The star performed admirably well in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena. Wenger says that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been learning a lot in training from midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is currently out injured.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought from Southampton in a £ 10 million deal three years ago. He came through the youth system at Southampton just as Theo Walcott did several years ago. Wenger said that the player has been demonstrating immense potential in the last few weeks. He says that the England international is capable of becoming one of the best in world if he manages to learn well. Wilshere is regarded as the next big thing for England, while England captain Steven Gerrard recently stated that Wilshere has all the capabilities to become the next captain for the English national team.
Wenger used Oxlade-Chamberlain in a much more central role against Bayern Munich and he was Arsenal’s main threat at the Allianz arena. Arsenal scored a goal through Lukas Podolski in the second half.
“He has the sense of positional play and he has the qualities which you want to see in the modern game. He has that capability to break through because there is a lot of pressure in the modern game. So those players who have the ability to get out of that pressure are of course very important, he has good vision. He has similar qualities to Jack, I am sure he has observed Jack as well,” said Wenger.