Posted on Thursday, 29th September 2011 by Guest Blogger
Arsenal sealed a nervy 2-1 win over Greek side Olympiakos last night, but it was the contribution of 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that would have done much to put a smile back on the Gunners’ supporters.
The former Southampton winger took his goal expertly to open the scoring for Arsenal last night as he cut in from the right side and stroked the ball into the net with his left foot.
While Chamberlain’s game is clearly a work in progress, there are genuine signs that Arsenal could have another star on their hands.
Pat Rice said:
‘From Arsenal supporters’ point of view, they are going to be seeing a lot of this boy.’
Taking about the competition for places with Walcott, Rice added:
‘I know that Theo is a very strong-willed guy as well and he won’t give in easy.’
‘Alex can go inside, he can go outside, he’s got that injection of pace and I think what he needs now is to be consistent in his play.’
Arsene Wenger, watching from the stands last night as he completed his two-match touchline ban, now has an interesting decision to make for Sunday’s derby with Spurs.
Does he go with the more experienced Theo Walcott? Or does he go with the unpredictability of Oxlade-Chamberlain on Arsenal’s right flank?
Give us your thoughts
Written by Matthew Wood