Ian Wright has said that he wants to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain become a regular first teamer in the coming weeks, but that it will be difficult for the Englishman to get back into the team. Wright challenged Oxlade-Chamberlain to try and take back the place in the starting lineup from Alex Iwobi who has been the preferred left midfielder for the club this season (via The Sport Review).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was hardly the most effective player on the pitch during his brief cameo against Spurs last weekend. His passing was sloppy and the winger blasted a number of crosses wildly off target.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performances have improved in recent months. With five goals in 15 matches so far, this is already his joint-most productive season for Arsenal but the Englishman still isn’t a guaranteed starter.
As good as Oxlade-Chamberlain has been at times this season, Theo Walcott has been even better. The 27-year-old has eight goals in ten matches for the club this season and the other wide midfield position has been taken by Alex Iwobi.
The Nigerian is enjoying an excellent start to the season but it’s proving a challenge for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now Ian Wright has issued a challenge to the Englishman to get his place back in the team.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player with an unbelievable amount of ability,” Wright told BBC Radio Five Live.
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“Alex Iwobi has come in and overtaken him. What you want to see is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get into the team and have a real go at trying to cement a place in Arsene Wenger’s side.
“I can feel that Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to find it hard in the next few weeks depending on how Arsenal do.”
It’s an interesting time for both players. Theo Walcott’s starting spot is all but assured given his form but there is certainly a place up for grabs on the left wing. Iwobi and Chamberlain are both young and hungry to get it but it could turn out that neither is called upon in the coming months. Should Olivier Giroud return to the team and fire on all cylinders, then that would force Alexis Sanchez into a wide position and relegate both players to the bench.