Gunners attacking midfield maestro Tomas Rosicky has praised team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is on duty at Euro 2012 with England, and believes this summers experience will help the winger produce for Arsenal next session.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for the Three Lions in Monday’s 1-1 draw with France and produced some moments of brilliance in an otherwise lackluster England performance. The fact that he started ahead of Stewart ‘0 assists, 0 goals, £20m’ Downing and fellow Gunner Theo Walcott in the opening tie of Euro 2012, suggests the youngster will have more chances to impress this summer in his first major tournament.
Czech Republic captain and team-mate Rosicky feels the Ox can build upon this experience and it will benefit his development greatly.
Rosicky told Skysport:
Of course I’m excited to see him getting his chance.
He’s a very young boy and it’s great that he’s here and he can gain experience like that. For a boy his age it’s vital to get experience like that. So Arsenal can profit from that.
He’s not the finished article, he has lots to learn but he is an amazing prospect and I just hope that he will work and he will grow.
As I know him, he has both feet on earth and he’s very confident.
Even if you are like that, a tournament hits you anyway a little bit but that’s what you expect.
Chamberlain’s meteoric rise to stardom in England has been nothing short of impressive, he was a sensational purchase by Wenger and will be a massive player for the Gunners next season. He should be a starter against Sweden this Friday and hopefully he will able to express himself more if England can utilize him appropriately as he is dangerous in one on one situations, and is always eager to take people on.
You could see that he was improving rapidly from game to game for Arsenal, however Wenger remained very cautious over developing his latest prodigy to prevent another Wilshere burnout situation.
But next season he will be a pivot player for the Gunners next season as he has both the mentality and physical ability to be a star. But the question remains as to where Wenger should best utilize the versatile attacker. He will be an excellent central attacking midfielder as he demonstrated against AC Milan, but whether the Gunners manager will allow him to take up the role remains to be seen.
What do you think? Chamberlain is an exciting talent and will be a massive player for Arsenal if he gets the opportunity to play, but could he be considered ahead of Rosicky or Ramsey? Or continue to be played out wide? Feel free to comment below or on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fan page.