According to Arsène Wenger, the young Englishman Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a great talent, and expects fans to be excited about his ability.
Wenger also claims that Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the same type of player as Theo Walcott, despite both their similarities in pace, playing background (both moved from Southampton to Arsenal at age 17) and are lighting up the international stage for their respective age groups.
Although Wenger can see the comparisons off the pitch and on paper, he insists that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott have different attributes and therefore are likely to differ in positions.
“They are quite similar types of players but Walcott is a bit more a striker and Oxlade-Chamberlain is more a midfielder,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] likes more to be in the build-up of things and Walcott is more a guy who makes intelligent runs.
“So they are not that similar as players but they have some similarities physically already. They look the same size, the same type of player.
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“But I believe that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a central midfielder one day and Walcott a central striker one day. That shows the difference between the two players.
“I don’t know [if the comparisons are fair] but you can’t stop that.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was by no means a cheap buy, so it is very positive that he is receiving a lot of praise from Wenger, I’m very excited to see him in the Carling Cup tie on Tuesday. I hope he gets more of a run in the first-team as some of the youngsters need to get more of a chance in the Premier League as some of the senior players are perhaps not ‘cutting the mustard’ so to speak. Not saying that the likes of Arshavin and Ramsey should be dropped, but maybe they should be substituted if they are tiring or not proving dangerous. Something needs to change.