RVP: Ox is as good as me


Robin van Persie believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has all the ingredients required to go on and become an Arsenal great – and says the 18-year-old should go to the Euro's with England.

Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first ever Premier League goal in Arsenal's 7-1 demolition of Blackburn on Saturday, before going on to grab his second as the Gunners ran riot following Gael Givet's red card near half-time.

The former Southampton winger has impressed since making his first start for the Gunners in their 2-1 defeat against Manchester United last month, while England manager Fabio Capello is reportedly ready to hand the talented youngster his first cap in the upcoming friendly against Holland later this month.

Van Persie was full of praise for Oxlade-Chamberlain's efforts against Blackburn, and believes he has a 'great' future at the Emirates.

"It's always good to have a good mixture of young talents, experienced players and I really like him," said Van Persie. "He is a fantastic player already, he's only 18 and is so young. He's good on the ball, he has everything.

"Alex is quick, has movement and technique. He can score a goal, give an assist. He has a great future."

Asked whether he felt Oxlade-Chamberlain could break into the England side before the summer, Van Persie replied: "Why not? He is a big prospect. Everyone is enjoying watching him as he brings something extra to the game.

"If he were Dutch I'd take him to the Euros. He reminds me of myself when I was breaking through. When you have all these qualities, it gives you confidence and you can enjoy yourself.

"He will have ups and will have periods when he's not playing so well," he warned. "So my advice is to be aware of it and be patient."

While Van Perise was keen to see his young teammate not exposed to too much pressure early on in his career, the Dutchman admitted Oxlade-Chamberlain reminded him of himself when he was making his way into the Arsenal first-team.

"It reminds me of my own period when I was breaking through and was 18 or 19," he continued. "When you have all these qualities then it gives you confidence and you can enjoy yourself.

"He's not someone who thinks about negatives, just positives and you can enjoy the game like that."

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