Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not had the impact so far this season that he did in his first year at Arsenal, but the young powerhouse looked like his old self against Reading on Monday. His driving run in the first few minutes of the game set the tone for a brilliant and breathless first half performance, and if he keeps it up. he can inspire the rest of the team with his urgency and enthusiasm.
“I want to be getting more goals and more assists, so I’m always beating myself up when, like tonight, I don’t. As long as the boys are winning, that’s the main thing.
“Whenever I get the chance, I can guarantee I’m always going to give 100 percent and I’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet a bit more as well.”
The Ox is his own worst critic, and that will drive him to get better and better and hopefully rub off on his Arsenal team mates. He is really impressed with the talent of the Arsenal players, especially Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere who were not in the Arsenal team last year, but they could all learn a bit from him as well.
“We’ve got players in the team that can produce things, Jack in midfield and Santi and Mikel, Lukas up front. Theo was a different dynamic up front today and I thought that worked really well.
“We know that if we compete, do the right things and trust our game, we’ve got enough ability in the squad to beat anyone and play free flowing football wherever we play.”
Hopefully nobody has picked up a knock and that Wenger picks the same team again against Wigan on Saturday. It was a great display against Reading but will count for little if it was a flash in the pan. With Wilshere and the Ox driving us on, we could have a bright future.