Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain has been selected in England’s Euro 2012 squad by Roy Hodgson (source: Oliver Kay)
The youngster made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners last season, scoring 4 goals, and has long been tipped to make the senior England squad.
Hodgson’s decision may have been aided by new assistant Gary Neville who sang The Ox’s praises on Sky during the season saying he ‘had to go’ to Poland and Ukraine to offer something fresh and different to the England squad.
Arsene Wenger was repeatedly asked about his chances of Euro 2012, and said back in February, “I believe any player must play 100 games and then you talk about him because when a player has five or six games on the Premier League, every time you have ups and downs.”
“He learns his job at the moment. I am a strong believer in Oxlade-Chamberlain and I spent quite good money for him. But he needs time. You are not ready from one day to the next at the top, top level.”
Of course Arsene also compared him to Wayne Rooney so in terms of dampening down the hype that wasn’t exactly a wet cloth.
Still, it is likely to be a great learning experience for a player who has a sensible head on his shoulders and spoke about his chances of being selected back in March.
“It would be very nice but I don’t get too far ahead of myself or get carried away,” he said.
“My main focus is to see the end of the season out with Arsenal and help us do as well as we can. We have a long way to go to get a Champions League spot and hopefully top three as well. It would be very nice, but one step at a time is the way to go.”
And although he didn’t play as much as he might have liked, it looks as if all his goals this season have come to fruition.
Good luck to him.