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Arsenal starlet needs more game time

Chamberlain has failed to hold down a starting spot (©GettyImages)
Chamberlain has failed to hold down a starting spot (©GettyImages).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is clearly one of the most exciting prospects in the English game. 

However, due to a lack of playing time he is currently experiencing at Arsenal, there is a danger that his potential will be unfulfilled in the coming years. 

This unfulfilled potential would not just be damaging to his career but also to the national team, as I feel he could play a key figure in the coming years most probably in the 2018 World Cup.

The Ox, as he is often referred to, is seen to be a player who has great speed and technique when on the ball and in addition to this has a ferocious shot. 

This quality in terms of shot power and accuracy was seen for England against Brazil at the end of season friendly - when he came on as a sub and hit a shot from outside the box past Julio Cesar into the bottom corner of the goal. 

His cameo appearance for the national team seemed to have him represented in the media as a super sub. 

However, this is an unfair reflection of a player who could play an integral part for club and country in the next season or two.

He is currently struggling to get a game at Arsenal, due to their attacking talent at their disposal in the positions which he can play as seen with Santi Carzola, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski playing just behind a main striker like Olivier Giroud. 

It could be argued that there is an option to push Walcott upfront and allow Oxlade-Chamberlin to start on the right hand side of midfield.

However this option is becoming increasingly unlikely with the reported imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, who will spearhead the Arsenal attack next season. 

This could be even more detrimental to Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal future, as it will see him pushed further away from a starting position and even the chance to come on as a substitute.

Although there are these negative aspects to the development of Oxlade-Chamberlain, it isn’t all as bleak as it has been described so far. 

He is still only 19 so has plenty of time to develop into the player expected of him. 

This aided with the fact he is working under a world-class manager who has a reputation for being able to take players around his age, such as Walcott and Cesc Fabregas, and ensure they develop into Arsenal first-team plans.

In addition to this - it could be argued that Wenger could possibly look at loaning the young Englishman out to try and give him the first-team experience he needs. 

He could potentially look at clubs such as Swansea who play similar football to Arsenal or Fulham who are a very established club constantly around the mid-table mark. 

I feel this possibility is an unlikely action to be taken, but if it helps meet the player’s needs then Wenger should look at this option with a bit more consideration in my opinion.

Overall, Oxlade-Chamberlain is potentially the greatest young player England have seen since Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene.  

The only difference being at the age of 19, Rooney was a first-team regular for Manchester United and was able to develop his game at a much faster rate to become the player he is today. 

The concern is that Oxlade-Chamberlain will become another English talent that was unable to fulfil his potential. 

To combat this, he needs to be given first-team opportunities to start games whether that is at Arsenal or another Premier League club on loan.

 

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