It was only the other day that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated that he believed that the Youth system at Arsenal is one of the club’s greatest values at this present time. Wenger has always been one for development and after the latest report, it seems that a player who has had to experience what it feels like to get the support of Wenger himself, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has jumped on the bandwagon of explaining just what is needed for a young player to develop.
Chamberlain told Arsenal.com: “The massive thing is confidence and belief in yourself to then take yourself to the next level. Confidence is a massive, massive part of it and when you’re a young lad coming into the team and maybe you’re in and out of the team, learning your trade, and when you do start to become more established, you can almost relax a bit more and just enjoy playing the game. And you’re not so worried about what the older professionals are thinking about you.”
If it had not been for the confidence Arsene Wenger had put in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain than not only would he have been given a chance in the Arsenal first team but he probably would not even be at the club at all. Arsene Wenger had confidence that Chamberlain could do an effective job if he came to Arsenal and that’s why he signed him from Southampton as a teenager. Although it was for big money for a player of his age, Wenger knew the talent that was on offer and as Chamberlain says in order to develop a player must be given confidence.
It is not only just the youngsters that need a vote of confidence however. Everyone associated with Arsenal needs to show that there is confidence and belief in the entire team and that we believe that they can still achieve some form of success this season. So whether that is young Carl Jenkinson, all the way up to Olivier Giroud, the players need to know that in order to develop their game and push for success, that we are right behind them with confidence that they can achieve both as a team and on a personal level.