Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he may call on Thierry Henry’s expertise to help him improve in front of goal.
The 22-year-old, who netted his fifth goal for England against Lithuania during the week, has scored just 13 times in 128 appearances for the Gunners since moving from Southampton in 2011; a source of frustration for both player and fans alike.
“I might have to have a few words with Thierry,” the Ox told reporters after Monday’s win in Vilnius. “I think there’s no better man to advise you on how to get a goal here or there.
“My goals record is definitely something I think of. It’s something, as an attacking player, you have to be aware of.
“You can’t force it too much because you start to do the wrong things on the pitch if you try to force shots that are not on but it is definitely something I think about and work on.
“I watch games back and see positions, it’s more so for me getting in the right positions to score the ‘easy’ goals as they say. There’s no easy goals but the tap-ins at the back post and stuff like that.
“That’s something I’m more conscious of. It’s definitely something I’m aware of so if I am able to get on the score-sheet like in Lithuania it’s something I’m happy about it.”
In addition to the strike against Lithuania, the Ox has now scored for England in Scotland, San Marino and most memorably in Brazil. Weirdly though, aside from his Community Shield strike versus Chelsea, he’s not yet scored away from the Emirates for the Gunners…even if his shot resulted in a goal at Newcastle.
You’d expect Thierry, who is helping to coach the club’s under-18s should have a few nuggets of advice for the Ox. As Theo Walcott mentioned last week, he’s a good man to have on hand at the club.