When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived from Southampton as an 18 year-old prodigy, he was nick-named “the new Theo Walcott” and it was hoped that he would follow Theo’s progression from the Saints to the England national team.
Unhappily enough Walcott’s career never reached the expected heights, and poor old Alex has emulated his lack of success so far, and is lacking the confidence to secure a regular first team slot. This has led the Englishman to think about whether he should be leaving the Emirates to get more regular playing time.
Although Arsene Wenger is denying he meant that at all. “He didn’t say that,” Le Prof said. “He said he will consider the situation at the end of the season. That is completely different.
“I think his place is here. We like him. I personally rate him as a player.
“I can understand, but on the other hand, you buy a young player at 17 years of age, you spend a lot of money, then you would like him to stay at the club.
“I think his place is here. We like him. I personally rate him as a player and I hope that he will show that he can have a stable position in the team until the end of the season.
“This season he has been similar to Walcott. He has not got rewarded yet. But he is in a similar position because he has worked really hard.”
Again the comparison with Walcott but this season Theo has finally shown his worth, and as someone pointed out; Theo has 7 goals this season, whereas The Ox has only scored 8 in his whole career at Arsenal.
The Ox may have worked as hard as Walcott in pre-season, but he has not come up with the end result. I understand that Arsenal have invested a lot of money in Chamberlain over the years but are we just throwing good money after bad?
Should this be the last season we give the Ox a chance or, like Theo, should we keep him in the hope he willcome good one day?