Wenger: Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time

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Arsene Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must be given time to prove he can deliver consistently at the top level for both club and country.

The Arsenal winger has seen his stock rise quite dramatically this year as he looks to establish himself at the Emirates Stadium after joining the north London club from Southampton last summer.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been one of the standout performers in a faltering Arsenal side over the past six weeks or so, and his fine form had seen calls for the 18-year-old to be called into the senior England squad.

Stuart Pearce, however, resisted the temptation to include Oxlade-Chamberlain in his 25-man squad to face Holland at Wembley next week and he will instead feature for the under-21s.

Wenger, however, believes Oxlade-Chamberlain must be allowed to further his education with Arsenal before he makes the step up to a full international career.

“I believe any player must play 100 games and then you talk about him because when a player has five or six games on the Premier League, every time you have ups and downs,” the Gunners boss told the club's official website.

“He learns his job at the moment.

“I am a strong believer in Oxlade Chamberlain and I spent quite good money for him. But he needs time. You are not ready from one day to the next at the top, top level.”

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