First a quote from Arsene Wenger…It’s a very important season for him, you know? He has been out for a long, long time last year. He has not gone to the European Championship with England like he should have done if he was fit.
There can be little doubt that a fully functioning “Ox” would have been a big improvement on some of the underperforming “stars” of the England squad. Unfortunately for both Oxlade-Chamberlain and England injury ruled him out of contention, just as it had for much of last season.
Arsene Wenger…..That is why I am cautious with him. I hope I can get him through to the start of the season because it is very important for him. He gives us pace, power, penetration. When you look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it is difficult to find what he has not got. That is why I would like him to get to wherever he can go.
We have all been aware of the undoubted talent of the Ox, it is just a pity that so many injuries have prevented him from displaying that talent to it’s best advantage.
Arsene Wenger….Maybe he doesn’t completely believe in himself how good he can be. That is the final step for him.
One of the problems the Ox will face in the upcoming games is the likely signing of a new striker, will that force Wenger to release one or more forwards/midfielders, if so would he be one to sell or move out on loan?
At the age of just twenty-two, the Ox should be moving towards his prime, not yet assured of a regular start in the first team, he needs to step up in the early games, he needs to demonstrate those qualities that Wenger has recognised in him, he needs to play with flair not fear, he needs to develop the self confidence that may be low at present.
I firmly believe that if he can overcome the legacy of his previous injuries this could be his break through season. This could be the Year of the Ox.