Are Arsenal right to give the Ox another chance?
You may have seen over the last few days how Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken to social media to show that he is training hard ahead of next season’s campaign. It was paired with the news that Arsenal won’t be looking to move the player on this summer, not on sale or out on loan.
Instead Arsene Wenger and co have vowed to give Chamberlain another shot in the Arsenal first team, showing the belief and investment they have made into the Ox.
In my opinion, even though the Ox can attract a fair bit of stick and rightly so may I add, I think he does need to stay with the Arsenal first team and give us his all, rather than go out on loan. No way should Chamberlain be sold because although he may not have hit the expected heights just yet, ultimately the guy does have potential to be a star and it would be a shame to see him thrive anywhere else apart from Arsenal.
Chamberlain needs to massively work on his game however. At the moment he seems to be taking the same path as club and countryman Theo Walcott, as a version 2.0. However unlike Theo, Chamberlain does have more qualities to his game rather than just pace. The Ox has the physical strengths but lacks on his technical ability. He desperately needs to become more involved with goals, whether that be through scoring or being the player to assist. This is because at the moment The Ox’s stats are terrible for a player in his position and he’s coming to a period in his career where it can no longer be penned down to age.
The Ox has been at Arsenal for a number of years now and even though he is still young, his ‘development’ period should’ve passed by now. Chamberlain should now be proving his worth on the pitch and he needs to start showing value that Arsenal invested in him.
Should the Ox stay at Arsenal or should Wenger be looking at moving the player on?