Arsene Wenger says that it’s time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fulfilled his potential as a player, backing the 22 year old to have the campaign his talent requires.
He scored the winning goal against Chelsea in the Community Shield, and it was his shot that brought about the only goal at Newcastle, but he’s also had a couple of high profile defensive lapses which have proved costly.
However, the Arsenal manager is looking for the former Southampton man to make real strides this season, saying Oxlade-Chamberlain has to have more belief in himself.
“It is a massive season for Alex,” he said. “He is at the age now where he is getting picked regularly for the national team. He is picked by me as well for the team.
“It is a very important season because of the nature he is growing. You feel the evolution has a sense of responsibility. I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must believe more in himself.
“He must believe more in his talent and that will help him develop as a player. I think sometimes he is too critical of himself. I would like him to play with the freedom and express the desire of his talent.”
Perhaps a run in the team for an extended period, rather than in one week and out the next would help, but you can also understand why he’s not nailed down a place yet due to a lack of consistency.
Yesterday, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke about his desire to do more in front of goal and as he’s likely to be involved tonight against Sp*rs, that’d be a good time to start.