After the defeat against Spurs yesterday, and even before once the teams were announced Gunners fans were asking where is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? After scoring two goals in his last two games he was widely tipped to start the game against Spurs, but mysteriously he did not even appear on the bench.
His performances may not have been good enough to impress his manager Arsene Wenger, but one manager is clearly impressed and that manager is England boss Fabio Capello.
Capello has been speaking to the Football Associations official TV Channel FATV and said, “I have been impressed with him. He is a really interesting player. He is a good player, who has a lot quality and is playing at a really high level. He will be a really interesting player for the next friendly games before the Euros, which hopefully will happen for us.”
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So it sounds as if Capello has plans to fast track the teenager into the senior squad. Good enough to play for your country, but not for your club.
Capello is pleased that Oxlade-Chamberlain is gaining vital experience in the Champions League and added, “For players to score goals in this competition is really important, both to improve and find the confidence in their quality. It is the same when you play with the national team. When you play in the Premier League, you can score but the whole thing is really normal.”
I know we lost the game yesterday and in hindsight it is easy to make rash decisions and comments, but do you think that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have been involved at some point either from the start or from the bench?