Oxlade-Chamberlain gets Pearce backing

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England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has backed Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make a significant impact for both club and country.

The 18-year-old will line up for the Young Lions against Iceland on Thursday night Colchester's Weston Homes Community Stadium looking to further showcase his credentials.

Oxlade-Chamberlain hit a hat-trick in Reykjavik last month the last time the two sides met, following on from goals in consecutive games for Arsenal.

Arsenal paid £12 million to sign the teenager from Southampton in the summer but he has, so far, made only four appearances for the Gunners.

And Pearce says he will continue to grow the more opportunities he gets to ply his trade at the highest level.

"If you roll the clock back, it was probably a similar situation with Theo [Walcott], when he was playing regularly for the under-21s, he was not playing a lot for Arsenal," explained Pearce. At the moment, Alex is in a similar position,"

"He is a good enough talent that someone has paid £12million for him, so certainly Arsenal believe he is a real talent, I know Southampton did.

"Alex has played extremely well for us, so he is an improving talent.

"I think he will get better and better the more games he plays.

"He is a very level-headed lad and it is important they have a sensible head on their shoulders to see them through not just the good times, but the bad times as well. He will have a bit of both right through his career, that is for sure."

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