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Wenger: Ox reminds me of Rooney

Oxlade-Chamberlain earns Rooney comparisons. (©GettyImages)
Oxlade-Chamberlain earns Rooney comparisons. (©GettyImages).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already shown glimpses of his huge potential since arriving at Arsenal in the summer with a number of impressive cameo performances, not least in last weekend's full Barclays Premier League debut against reigning champions Manchester United.

The 18-year-old midfielder netted goals in both of his first two starts for the Gunners in the UEFA Champions League and the Carling Cup, and went on to set up Robin Van Persie's goal at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown a fearless streak that has earned praise from his manager Arsene Wenger, who says the talented youngster boasts similar traits to that of Wayne Rooney - which can only bode well for the future, for both Arsenal and England.

"He looks to have [the same fearlessness as Rooney]," the Frenchman told Arsenal.com. "Now he has to show that he can play all the time but I believe he can.

"We have produced more players in the last 15 years than all of the top clubs in Europe put together and we are not scared to play players when they are of the level. I believe he has [that level]."

The England U21 international has been primarily deployed in a wide position for the Gunners this season, but is equally competent when drifting in off the flank.

Wenger is confident that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to operate in a number of different roles as he continues his development in north London.

"He can play centrally as well but he has grown up as a winger," he added.

"And now I think as well he can play central midfield because he can produce a long pass, he can dribble. At that age, you know, you start first on the wing."

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