Former Gunner Anders Limpar believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has what it takes to become a ‘great’ player, citing his attitude as much as his obvious talent.
Speaking to this month’s edition of Arsenal Magazine, the Superest of all Swedes said he thought the youngster could be better than his England teammate Theo Walcott.
“He has the potential to be even better than Theo! He’s very fast and what I like about him is the fact he’s very strong in his head.
“He’s not affected by some things which can influence young players like him. For example, if Arsene Wenger takes him off at half-time, or leaves him on the bench for the whole game after he previously had a perfect match, he keeps his focus and plays with the same form.
“Nothing breaks his confidence. With a strong head like that I think he’s going to be a great player.”
The Ox will be going to Poland and the Ukraine with England, and could compete with Walcott for a place in the side. Limpar is also a fan of the more senior man but also thinks there’s room for improvement.
“Obviously Theo’s speed is a lethal weapon. Nobody can cope with his pace but, at times, I feel he could improve the timing of his passes.
“Sometimes he runs with it when he should play it and vice-versa. Once he improves that part of his game I’m sure he’ll be a better player, score more goals and set up more for his teammates.”
You can read the full interview with Anders Limpar, in which he previews Euro 2012, in the June issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine. out now priced at £3.25. Visit here or call 0845 301 7626 (+44 845 301 7626) to subscribe.