Of the many Arsenal players that were given a chance to shine by Arsene Wenger in the Gunners’ fourth round EFL cup clash with Reading this week, quite a few did themselves and their chances of playing more often the power of good, including Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson and Rob Holding, but surely the biggest winner on the night was the scorer of both goals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is sure to get the Man of the Match award on Arsenal.com.
Just like with Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be set for a new lease of life in a new position with the three lions. And if it works out it could be good news for the Ox and for Arsenal as well.
If you have not seen the highlights from Arsenal’s win away to Nottingham Forest in our first EFL cup game of the season then you can check them out on the Arsenal website or watch the video below to see our summer signing Lucas Perez net his first two goals for the Gunners.
Even if Arsene Wenger does respond to the frustration of Arsenal fans and sign another forward before the summer transfer window slams shut, something which I have serious doubts about anyway, it will almost certainly not be done in time to get said player up to speed with the Arsenal team in time to start against Watford on Saturday.
Of course we always want the best from the Arsenal players, whether they are playing for club or country. Not only does it give us an interest in the international matches not involving our own country, it is interesting to see how each Gunner does with other players around them.
Despite some great moments for club and country, I think it is fair to say that the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has largely failed to live up to his early promise and has yet to prove Arsene Wenger right for paying what was at the time a hefty fee for a 17-year old.
Yes it is only pre-season and Arsenal fans will probably not be placing too much importance on anything that happens in these games before the proper business of the Premier League begins in a couple of weeks. The fact that the Gunners also won every match of our last pre-season preparations and then beat Chelsea in the Community Shield before suffering a shock home defeat to West Ham in the first EPL game has certainly taught us caution.
It has been yet another season of frustration and disappointment at both club and international level for the Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and there has even been a lot of debate among Arsenal fans about whether he will ever fully deliver on the early potential he showed at Southampton and in flashes as a Gunner.