Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal’s teenage sensation, is improving game by game ever since his arrival at Arsenal. With the 19 year old featuring in 25 Premier League matches, 9 more than the season previous.
Arsenal fans are much aware of the boy-wonder’s talent, but would like to see him use it more often. The ‘Ox’ will admit it hasn’t been his most productive year. Speaking to Arsenal media, Oxlade-Chamberlain stated: “It has been an up and down season for me.”. A statement fans can agree on with only one goal from thirty-three shots and three assists, given his ability, those stats should be a little higher.
Stats aside, every time he has played, the number 15 has injected the side with energy and pace, which gives the opposition headaches as they have to deal with the double pace threat of the ‘Ox’ on one side and Walcott on the other.
But is wing his best position? On more than one occasion, Arsene Wenger has experimented with Chamberlain in the midfield. Results have varied, however, we have all witnessed glimpses that show the young player could be ready to step up in the coming seasons as an attack minded midfielder, whose ability to run at defenders and dominate them with his pace is certainly an important attribute to have.
We must remember Chamberlain will have just turned 20 by the time next season commences and is still developing as a regular Premier League starter. He should be pressing for a starting spot, week in week out as it can only strengthen The Arsenal side.
Chamberlain must also realise his role could still be from the bench in order to inject pace and dynamism into to the team for the last 20 minutes. A role which he is accustomed to and should only be in for another season or two before he is able to mature and hold down a regular starting place.
When quizzed about the upcoming season, the former Saints man reiterated he still needs time to develop by stating “I’m still yound and everyday i’m involved with Arsenal or England will help. I have to ensure I keep working hard and hopefully things will go for me.”
Gooners everywhere hope nothing but the best for our talented number 15. Whether that’s playing in a more familiar position on the wing or in a midfield role we know he could make is own, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly has a bright future ahead with Arsenal and England.