Wenger praises midfield duo

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Arsene Wenger believes that patience will be a virtue for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and says that the talented teenager can continue learning his trade on the training ground while he waits for first-team opportunities.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a stunning start to his Gunners career, scoring on each of his first two starts for the senior side, against Shrewsbury Town and Olympiacos.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been limited to Carling Cup and one UEFA Champions League appearance since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Southampton in the summer, but has set his sights on more regular action.

"Overall, Alex has the quality and I can only show that I believe in that in buying him," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"Secondly I can show that by playing him - but also by working with him on the training pitch. Alex is developing very well. He is very positive and he works very hard."

Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to return to the starting line-up when Arsenal take on Manchester City in their Carling Cup quarter-final clash tonight, alongside fellow midfielder Yossi Benayoun - another player that Wenger has suggested has not spent as much time on the pitch as his ability warrants this campaign.

"He has been absolutely fantastic but we have so much choice in midfield and we play with three strikers," he continued. "The chances for the midfielders are not so big and that's why he has not played as much as he deserves.

"The attitude of all the players that came in has been great - everybody helps focus the team to win and he does that as well."

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