Should Arsenal start the Ox against Liverpool?

The Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not have had a very good season so far and he still needs to show us a lot more to secure more regular first team football, but after an impressive performance in the centre of midfield against Sunderland in the FA cup, I reckon he should start against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

Not in the middle again, because I would definitely bring the excellent Aaron Ramsey back after he was given a much needed rest by the boss, but on one of the flanks where he can use his pace, fancy footwork and direct running to drive at the heart of the Liverpool back line.

The fact that they are only going to have one recognised centre back fit and available, and that it is the not very speedy former Gunner Kolo Toure makes the inclusion of the Ox even more sensible, especially if Arsene Wenger decides to start with Theo Walcott instead of Olivier Giroud in the centre forward position.

With either Alexis Sanchez or Joel Campbell on the other flank and with Mesut Ozil pulling the strings, the Liverpool defence and especially their full backs will have their hands full and will have all sorts of problems, and that should allow our own full backs to get forward and give them even more to worry about.

There is one more reason to start the Ox as well – his confidence. After a tough season it does not seem right to drop him after a good performance, and another good game at Anfield could really kick start a run of form for the talented young Gunner. Would you start him again on Wednesday?

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  1. Ox hasn’t done enough for me to start ahead of cambell or ramsey. He seems to be taking less risks than when he was 18. Taking on players used to be his forte. Now he is so cautious and without confidence. After sanchez is back, he might hardly get any playing time.

    1. The author of this article is the same who gave Ox man of mach against Sunderland? Which game you are watching pal? ,Arsenal is not a charity, Arsenal is a football club trying to to win EPL, not a charity trying to help a player who is overated and useless, he got pay to play a football, not to operate patients and he got 75m a week to be able to pass the ball correctly, never mind score or assist, I get 480£/week if my confidence is low my boss will give me a kick at back side to sort my self out or the door, we do not have to risk our chance of winning the game for a sake of Ox, bench him, the best player plays, we don’t gonna miss is scoring ability or his assist, we will be less frustrated if he is on the bench typical English player! !!!!!!!if Chelsea want him sale him 40million and buy quality. Who will score against our opponents not against us,you notice he scored more own goals than score against our opponents? How many assist or goals he scored for Arsenal in last 4 years? You will be surprise !embarrassing 6 goals, 2 assist conclusion GET MONEY FROM CHELSEA.

  2. I don’t see why he shouldn’t start against Liverpool! The more games and starting time under his belt, will help his improvement and confidence level on the field!

    1. @Greg;
      I’ll have to agree with you on that one. players do experience dips in form here and there, abandoning them on such times is not helpful. Besides its not like Ox is the worst footballer of all time. He’s only had 6 starts this season, he just needs some more game time and he’ll get there.

  3. Liverpool barely have a defence left now. Honestly think Ox will start, but not from the center. Unless Wenger really rates Iwobi, Ox will be starting on the left wing.

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