Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked superb at times this season, but his end product is still lacking somewhat. He claims he’s looking to change that though, and is planning to ask Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for some tips, as reported by the Mirror.
The Ox has all the attributes required to be a truly top class player, and may well reach that point someday. At the moment his lack of goals – and even assists to some extent – are holding him back, and it’s something that needs to change.
Henry is certainly someone capable of helping him remedy that, and he’s given advice to a number of other Arsenal stars in the past – including the currently prolific Theo Walcott.
His scoring record is particularly poor away from home, and all of the 22-year-old’s Arsenal goals have been at the Emirates.
Hopefully this changes soon, and Henry is able to help him find his shooting boots.
“I might have to have a few words with Thierry. I think there’s no better man to advise you on how to get a goal here or there,” he said.
“My goals record is definitely something I think of. It’s something, as an attacking player, you have to be aware of.
“You can’t force it too much because you start to do the wrong things on the pitch if you try to force shots that are not on but it is definitely something I think about and work on.
“I watch games back and see positions, it’s more so for me getting in the right positions to score the ‘easy’ goals as they say. There’s no easy goals but the tap-ins at the back post and stuff like that.
“That’s something I’m more conscious of. It’s definitely something I’m aware of so if I am able to get on the score-sheet like in Lithuania it’s something I’m happy about it.”
Chamberlain scored the third of England’s three goals against Lithuania this past Monday night, rifling it in at the near post from a very tight angle. He went for pure power more than anything, and while the shot went in, there was a distinct lack of composure.
His problems seem to be largely mental, and when the goals eventually start flowing it’s quite possible they won’t stop. It’s something that a lot of players experience, and once the confidence comes from their first goalscoring run, things just escalate.
Nobody expected Aaron Ramsey to score as many goals as he did in 2013/14, but something just clicked with the Welshman and he turned into a machine.
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Hopefully his goal against Lithuania is the start of things clicking for the Ox, and he returns to Arsenal with a new mindset.