Wenger wants to give Oxlade-Chamberlain time

Arsene Wenger has stated that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time to mature into a Premier League player, despite impressive performances for The Gunners and England under-21.

After shining in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night, many are tipping the 18-year-old to be an outside bet to make Fabio Capello’s squad for Euro 2012.

However, the former Southampton attacker is keeping his feet on the ground, and has thanked Wenger for his help so far in his time at the Emirates Stadium.

“I would not have changed anything for the world. I trust the boss to progress me in the best way. He is a top man, very intelligent and I will work with him as much as he will work with me,” he told The Telegraph.

“I have a lot of impressing to do at Arsenal before I think about going away with England in the summer. If people are saying that, it is quite flattering to know you are being considered. The next step for me is to push on into the [Arsenal] squad.”

Wenger admits being pleased with Chamberlain’s progression, but feels that these matters can take time.

“The experience shows that it is good sometimes to be positive and patient,” said Wenger.

“I was very patient with him until now and it is important sometimes to hold them back a little bit. You pushed him off the ball too easily two months ago. His strength and endurance is now there and that is important at the top level of course.”

Arsenal take on Wigan next at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight