Let me start with saying that I like Alex a lot. He stole thousands of Gooners hearts with THAT spirited, this-is-my-moment, CL performance against AC Milan a few years ago. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not just a posh name; he is one of the elite talents in this country, and indeed in Europe. The Ox is only 21 years old and yet he has played already 84 times for Arsenal (8 goals, 8 assists).
Here is a nice summary of what he has to offer:
Our nr.15 has played 20 games (12 starts) in all competitions this season, and he clocked up about 1100 minutes of football (for comparison, Alexis played 1475 minutes in all competitons). It is fair to say he has been given a proper chance now to proof himself. Yet, despite some spirited, encouraging performances, he only scored twice; and more worryingly for the roles in which he played, he only has a single assist to his name this season.
The Ox has good spells in every game during which he adds a lot of thrust to our attacks. But he also seems to disappear for long periods in each game. We have to remember that he is still only young and needs a good run of games. However, I feel he has partly failed to take the opportunity to really demand a place in our first team this season. And nobody can say Wenger did not give him a chance.
Now that Giroud is back and Theo is also close to full fitness, the Ox might find himself more and more on the bench. Wenger is likely to play Giroud as his holding CF and then pick two ‘wingers’ from Alexis, Theo, Welbeck, Ox (and possibly Gnabry and Pod).
I can see the Ox missing out on many PL/CL starts during the remainder of the season and wonder what would be best for him:
- Keep him in the team and use him as a super-sub regularly?
- Start him regularly with Wenger rotating his players more proactively and frequently?
- Send him out on loan, say to Everton or West Ham, where he would be guaranteed regular first team starts?
- Cash in on him in January/Summer?
Ooh, and what do you reckon the Ox’s best position is?
Over to you, fine fellow Gooners: What would you do with the Ox? 🙂
Written by: TotalArsenal.