England manager Fabio Capello has been impressed by the potential of Arsenal’s new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his tipped the young Englishman for his first senior cap in England’s next friendly.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, has been in the spot light since joining from Southampton in the summer for a generous £12 million, and the young winger has scored in each of his last two outings for the Gunners to rectify his price tag.
The Italian told FATV:
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.”
For players [Oxlade-Chamberlain & Danny Welbeck] 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.
It was a shame that Alex didn’t get a chance to play against Spurs, as I feel he would have been more effective than Benayoun, but it seems that Wenger is trying not to throw him in the deep end to quickly, whereas Capello has other ideas! Wilshere has learnt the hard way of playing too many matches at such a high intensity, and consequently Wenger is being more patient with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
What do you think Wenger should do, should Ox-Ch be given more regular playing opportunities or is a more restrained approach a better option?
**Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Match Report to follow**