Register Login Scores

International

Wenger: Ox Like Gerard

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the same qualities as Liverpool legend Steven Gerard and that he should be played in a central role.

The 20 year old has been on the side lines since the opening day of the season and made a welcome return to first team action when he gained some game time for the Under-21s.

Oxlade-Chamberlain could be named on the bench for the Gunners clash against Aston Villa on Monday, and the youngster may force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup later this year.

"He has a good opportunity now. I think he will be in Roy Hodgson's plans as he can play central and wide. On that front England do not have too many players," the Arsenal boss said.

"He had a big impact when he came on in that (friendly) game against Brazil (in June 2013), especially in central midfield, and deep in central midfield his future will be there.

"He has a good long ball, penetration from deep and a good quality to distribute and penetrate individually. Certainly he has the same qualities to Steven Gerrard."

Wenger, however, did warn against expecting too much too soon from the former Southampton starlet.

"At the moment he is still in formation," the Arsenal boss said.

"It is good for his education as he plays left, right and central when needed. After 23 or 24 you settle in a definite position."

Wenger Backs Giroud To Shine

Wenger Denies Bernard Link

Wenger Ready To Take His Chance

4 comments

Top 5

Reports: Barca Star Wants Out Because Of Messi

23 Oct 16, 2020 08:00 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Swallows To Edge Chiefs In Race For Downs Star?

40 Oct 23, 2020 10:36 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

25 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Messi Sends Message To Ronaldo

10 Oct 23, 2020 08:30 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

A Shot-Stopper's Showstopper! Pirates' New BMW Boy

Oct 20, 2020 03:09 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Downs’ R13m Star To Be Shipped Out?

44 Oct 20, 2020 04:52 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

New Boys On The Block – Bucs' 4 New Hot Rides

Oct 22, 2020 04:25 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Seven Down, Four To Go For Pirates’ 11 Departures

19 Oct 20, 2020 01:06 PM in Orlando Pirates

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Rejected: Why Baroka Wont’ Sell To Chiefs

15 Oct 20, 2020 07:11 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

3 Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Maluleke To Be Unveiled At New Club

7 Oct 20, 2020 09:13 AM in Siyagobhoza