Wenger playing AOC waiting game

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has certainly caught the eye since his summer move from Southampton, and whilst Arsenal supporters may be itching to see the England U21 international in Barclays Premier League action soon, Arsene Wenger insists he will not rush the promising youngster.

The 18-year-old winger has scored in both his first-team starts for the Gunners, with a Carling Cup goal against Shrewsbury Town, he also capped his UEFA Champions League debut with a strike against Olympiacos.

But despite his impressive start to life in north London, Wenger reiterated the importance of patiently allowing Oxlade-Chamberlain to continue his development.

"He is ahead of schedule," the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. "Overall I think he has to add some ingredients to his game that will be absolutely necessary at the top but he has the basic talent - nobody can dispute that.


"I am very happy for bringing him here. But of course now we want from him the commitment and the urgency that is requested in the Premier League.

"One second of lacking attention defensively can cost you a game. That has changed in the modern game and that is why he is ahead of schedule. I think in the next few months he can add that to his game."

With comparisons between Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott already apparent, Wenger played down their similarities, indicating that in time, the new arrival could take up a more central midfield position.

"Let's not be too quick," he continued. "I think he has a fantastic quality of crosses. He can cross it, chip it and personally I don't think he is ready at all yet to play in a central position in the Premier League.

"Let's get him there first on the flank and get him to adjust to this position."

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