Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is a popular figure amongst the club mainly because of his raw talent but also because of his likeable, friendly and open character. He is a down to earth professional who doesn’t get hyped over the financial side of things and plays the game for the right reason. The Ox is a true professional and because of this Arsenal fans expect a lot of the youngster.
This season has been an excellent one for Theo Walcott. He has produced some of his best performances since joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2006. He was not even 17-years old when he became a Gunner, but it was only this season that he really became a true Gunner.
His extra confidence and maturity has been evident since the start of the season, and that in turn has led to his best ever statistics of 21 goals and 17 assists. Considering that he had a few injury problems, as well as the distraction of his contract negotiations, Theo has done amazingly well to produce the impact that he has.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted the fact that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere’s absence was vital for England – who saw themselves knocked out by an Italy which the manager didn’t see as favorites.
Jack has been out for the whole season, and it seems that the Gunner will be back in due time for the start of next season, but Redknapp seems to think that he was the missing key from England’s Euro squad.
‘It was almost complete dominance, and to be fair, I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t particularly rate this Italy side.’
The Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a surprise inclusion in the England squad to go to the Euros, but it was even more of a shock that he was picked to start in England’s most important Group Game against France yesterday.
But, as always, the 18 year-old kept his feet firmly planted on the Ukranian ground and was just pleased that he Roy Hodgson had faith in him to do the job, although he admitted that he didn’t get much chance to show his breakneck speed against the tough French defence. He looked pretty strong when he went forward and looked like he’s taken a high dose of hmb to help his muscle development!
The Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is very happy with England’s new manager, Roy Hodgson. The player says that it is a positive thing that Hodgson is the team’s manager, as he allows attacking-minded players like Chamberlain express themselves.
In an interview for the Football Association’s website, Chamberlain said: “The manager is a really good man, he gets on really well with the boys and he has a little laugh but when it comes to doing his job he’s been brilliant so far with tactics.”
“He lets players like me who like to run at people express ourselves and he gives us the license to do that.
The newest Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can’t believe his meteoric rise to an England call-up just nine months after making his debut for the Gunners in the 8-2 massacre against Man United.
He said: “I couldn’t imagine going from what happened at Old Trafford, which was totally embarrassing, to going to the Euros.
“I’d come on as sub when we were only 3-1 down — so you might blame it all on me! It’s something I never want to experience again.
England’s World Cup 2010 campaign was a complete failure, so the Three Lions will be looking to recover from the shameful miss and show that English football is still at a high.
After winning the Champions League through Chelsea, English football will have to prove itself once again, and this time we have not one, but two Gunners who will hopefully play a big part in England’s EURO 2012 campaign.
Arsenal’s wingers Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been called-up to action for this summer’s tournament, and much to everybody’s surprise Hodgson is not only looking to carry the most promising English future star Oxlade-Chamberlain around Europe, but actually see him in action if possible.
The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have been a shock inclusion for England after just having made just six League starts for the Gunners this season, but he still seems quite relaxed about it all and has confirmed (for me at least) that he can handle all the pressure that may be thrown at him.
“The way I see it is that if you play football you want to play for clubs like Arsenal then you want to play for a country like England as well,” he said on Arsenal.com.
The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still pinching himself after getting a shock call-up for the England squad for this summers Euro2012 tournament, but extremely happy that the more experienced Theo Walcott will be there to show him the ropes.
“It is massive to have Theo in the squad as well,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said on the official Arsenal site. “To be named in the squad, straight away you think of everyone else there.
“I have been watching the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry for a number of years on TV and also playing for England. That only seems like yesterday and now I’m going to be going with them, it is a bit daunting but I can’t wait.
It has been reported today that Theo Walcott is hoping to return to the Arsenal team this weekend for the crucial match against West Brom which will finally decide whether the Gunners finish the season in the coveted Third Place in the Premiership.
Walcott is Van Persie’s preferred strike partner as he has provided the most assists for the Dutchman this season, and a good performance from the young Englishman will also have the added advantage of impressing the new England manager Roy Hodgson who will manage West Brom for the last time on Sunday.