Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spends too much time "laughing and giggling," claims Graeme Souness

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spends too much time “laughing and giggling” and not enough time concentrating on football, according to Graeme Souness.

The Arsenal winger has failed to earn himself a regular starting position for the Gunners this season but scored his first goal of the campaign on Sunday as his side beat Bournemouth 2-0.

But Souness has blasted the 22-year-old’s attitude claiming that he has the ability to play regularly for Arsenal, but not the mentality.


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"Does he [Oxlade Chamberlain] take it seriously enough? He always seems to be a bit of a joker. There is a player in there. It's stand up and be counted time,” Souness said on Sky Sports.

"He's 22, he should not be accepting, with the quality he has, sitting on the bench and being a bit-part player.

"You've got to be banging down the manager's door and saying 'I'm ready for this'. Is he prepared to do that? I see him laughing and giggling a lot.

"I'd want him to be a bit more serious and angry and upset with me, if I was the manager leaving him out. There's no doubt about it he has quality. When he [Arsene Wenger] doesn't use him the other night, is it because he doesn't trust him? At 22 it's time to stand up and say 'this is my moment’.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain started the domestic season off perfectly with the winning goal in the Community Shield match against Chelsea in August. However, his goal at Bournemouth represented his first in the Premier League since the 1-1 draw with Tottenham back in November 2014.

Arsenal legend - and fellow Sky Sports pundit - Thierry Henry agreed with Souness, questioning whether Oxlade-Chamberlain has earned the trust of Arsene Wenger and insisting that it’s time for him to start fulfilling his potential.

“I tried to see what was going on, the view of the manager. He must have said to himself 'is the Ox going to win me this game'? And he must have said 'no'! Let's not try to lose it. It might sound crazy I know but does Oxlade-Chamberlain do enough to be a starter at Arsenal?” Henry said on Sky Sports.

“How long are we going to say he's a prospect? He's been there for four-and-a-half-years. Enough now. You have to be a starter.”

Wenger will be hoping that Oxlade-Chamberlain can gain confidence from his strike against Bournemouth with his team facing a crucial month of fixtures.

Next Sunday, they face table-toppers Leicester City in a massive clash at the Emirates before their FA Cup match against Hull City.

They then host Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 and - ahead of the return leg at the Nou Camp - they face away trips to both Manchester United and Tottenham.

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