Gunners captain and talisman Robin van Persie believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be Arsenal’s equivalent of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as they both are all round, exciting players who have flourished at a young age.
The 18 year old arrived last summer from Southampton for a hefty fee that raised a few eye brows, but he has already justified his expensive price tag after bursting onto the scene with some impressive performances.
Comparisons have already been drawn between the winger and England’s star player Wayne Rooney who like Oxlade-Chamberlain burst onto the scenes very young and never looked back.
Both Wenger and Van Persie believe that ‘The Ox’ can elevate the heights of the United forward at a younger age and be instrumental for club and country.
Van Persie told The Sun on Sunday:
Alex can have a big impact. He has everything you need, I’m sure he has a bright future for Arsenal and England.
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He’s shown that already in a couple of games. He has pace, he is clever, knows when to pass, when to keep the ball and has good technique.
He’s a bit like Rooney, who I rate highly. Rooney’s a big player and a good all-rounder who can score goals, provide assists and make nice runs — he has a bit of everything.
And although Alex plays on the left or right — whereas Rooney plays more through the middle — that could change in the future. They are both good all-round players.
Oxlade-Chamberlain did exceptionally well against European Giants AC Milan playing through the middle, with Wenger admitting that his eventual role will be as an attacking midfielder, so he will become more Rooney-esk in the future and certainly has the ability to perform on the international stage.
It must be frustrating for the youngster who has more than earned a place in the starting lineup for Arsenal but has been cautiously handled in recent weeks with Wenger careful not to overplay the youngster early on in his career with Wilshere proof of a starlet suffering from burnout and consequently faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Hopefully ‘The Ox’ will make some more appearances this season, he should be ahead of Gervinho in the pecking order and Ramsey too, he is constant threat and is an extremely hard worker that can score and assist.