Hang on Ox! These 2 Arsenal stars could nick your place!!

The Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been speaking about two of his recently returned team mates and has been nothing but fulsome in his praise. But I am not sure that I would be singing the praises of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil quite so much if I was him, because these two Gunners could well cost the Ox his starting place.

The 21-year old Chamberlain is clearly a team player and is delighted to see our German playmaker and England forward fit again and able to help the Arsenal cause. With the Gunners still going strong in three competitions (I am not quite ready to give up on the Premier League title yet), it is obviously important for Arsene Wenger to have as many of his best players available as possible.

Walcott and Ozil are two of the very best, as Chamberlain told Arsenal Player, and they are likely to have a big impact on how the rest of the season pans out for us. But if they are to have that effect, it is likely to be from the start rather than the bench once they are match fit, and that might not be such good news for the Ox and his own chances of playing.

He said, “For a large majority of the season we have been without Mesut, and Aaron for a spell and Theo as well. To have those kinds of players back is only good for us, and I’m sure they’ll come back and play a massive role in the rest of our season.

“It has been a bit of a strange up-and-down season. There have definitely been better starts but as you look at it at the moment, we are still there or thereabouts and there is still a lot of football to be played.

“We are still in a really good place in the Champions League, still in the FA Cup and in the League it is tight at the top around the teams in third, fourth and fifth.

“Chelsea have a little lead on everyone, but in terms of football to be played I think it’s quite exciting to think how the back end of the season could go.”

To be fair to the Ox, Walcott and Ozil will have to be on top form to displace him in the Arsenal team because he has been excellent for us this season so far, and has really stepped up when we needed him most. But as much as his direct approach and abilities help us, he does not score goals like Walcott – and he does not create things like Ozil.

So when and in what role will we see Chamberlain for the rest of the season?

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  1. butters says:

    Its a better news than “Walcott and Ozil sidelined for 8 months, Ox cleared for 36 league starts this season” *touch wood*

  2. Jerick says:

    I say use the 4-1-4-1 formation, having Ozil and Cazorla through the middle with Sanchez left and Walcott right of them. Coquelin at dm and Giroud or Welbeck up top. Ox and Walcott may rotate, Roza and any one of the CAM. Ramsey??? not sure but he is having a bad patch now. Can’t keep him in and risk our chances to excel beyond what we think We could achieve.

    All that being said, I hope who ever plays will be ready to handle the task at hand. Up the Guns

  3. Hafiz Rahman says:

    i will just play everybody to make all fans happy

    Carzola, Rosicky, Ozil, Ramsay, Ox, Sanchez, Walcott, Wilshere….etc…

    there is always room for everyone and anyone….11 spots on the field

  4. Hafiz Rahman says:

    our u19 team is just not good enough…

    this tells alot….we shouldnt be relying on our youth development…..not good enough

  5. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

    Hafiz, you are missing the whole point of the Academy.
    When I was 14, I was a wonderkid. By the time I was 19, I knew I was not going to make it.
    Reason? As you step up in age and class the “not so good” fall away. You are left with better and better players to compete with. The cream is rising so to speak, the ordinary fall by the wayside. It is a natural progression.
    The top 1% of footballers play for the top teams. The rest of us were destined for 3.Bundesliga, League1 and pub and village teams, and so on.

    **The entire point of the Academy is to identify the 1%. The others (the 99%) like me have good memories.**
    Of a 100 fifteen year old players in the Academy; there will be 80 just ok players, 15 excellent players and maybe just five who could become first class and make to to Arsenal or a PL team.

    Name the players from the Chelsea Academy, from the Man City academy. Can you?
    Where are the majority of Arsenal’s academy ? the Championship? League 1 or League 2?

  6. moneytalks says:

    All our british talents are injury machines Ox, Walcott, Gibbs, Wilshere and Ramsey.

    1. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

      My togs were leather, there were some that came above the ankles.
      These paper boots these days will tear up your ankles and knees.

      There is ZERO support on those ballet shoes. hence the injuries.
      Nike and others can kiss my a**, they need boots with support.

  7. moneytalks says:

    Arteta, Diaby and Flamini are not good enough.

  8. JAmerican says:

    Paulo Dybala in this window as well would be great…

    1. ArseneIsYourDaddy says:

      Is he better than what we have now?

      1. JAmerican says:

        Better than Podolski in my view…

  9. SUNNY13 says:

    OX has really improved this season. He needs to be keep playing to keep pace with his developement. He and Walcott can be rotated.
    Ozil needs to wait a bit longer as this is Cazorla’s season. Cazorla current form is way way better than that of Ozil as he is constantly geeting nominated for player of the month.
    Ganarby is alo coming and he may get some substitute appearance.
    In wings we have Sanchez/Ganarby and OX/Walcott. This is one of the best wings in PL.
    CAM we have Cazorla/Ozil /Rosisky. -Again one of the best Attacking midfield.
    Upfrom we have Giroud/Welbeck and Akpon- A good one.

  10. the arsenal way says:

    I don’t doubt The Ox’s ability. He definitely has improved as a player, but he needs to start adding goals and assists to his game and become a MAJOR threat in the final third. If Theo becomes fit, he’ll surely send the ox to the bench because of his scoring ability.

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