When it comes to landing up and coming youngsters who could potentially go on to take the European footballing world by storm one day, Arsene Wenger and his determined Gunners outfit usually play host to many potentially exciting candidates who certainly fit the mould of that particular role.
Whilst Arsenal have indeed witnessed their fair share of promising talents who just never made the grade at their club, the North London outfit have undoubtedly produced several impressive stars who begun with humble roots in the early stages of their career at the Emirates.
However, as the 2015 calendar year certainly could have turned out far more profitable for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain, the jury seemingly remains out on whether or not the former Southampton winger will ever fulfil his full potential within Arsene Wenger’s current set-up.
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So then, is it only a matter of time before the England international starts turning on the goods with the Gunners, or is Oxlade-Chamberlain never really going to make it at the Emirates with all things fairly considered?
The quick-footed winger obviously displays many of the raw qualities necessary to make it in the English top-flight.
But as he often runs into defenders without much thought on where to go next, sometimes drifts out of important matches just when his teammates need him most, and invariably lacks the ability to produce the end product for Arsenal time and time again, the ex-St. Marys’ favourite simply flatters to deceive quite a lot of the time.
It’s not for the want of trying of course, for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could never be discredited in terms of his sheer desire to make things happen, or when it comes to displaying the right amount of effort for his manager whenever handed the chance to impress at the Emirates.
It just seems as if the wide-man doesn’t play with his head up enough of the time for Arsenal, with certain question-marks subsequently surrounding his overall spacial awareness and sense of vision with the Gunners at this particular stage in his career.
Yes, he’s not a bad player by any relevant stretch of the imagination – and of course Oxlade-Chamberlain could easily find a home in another Premier League side looking to achieve big things in the not too distant future – but does the 22-year-old Englishman really represent the kind of quality Arsenal are looking for at the end of the day? It remains somewhat hard to decide.
However, in the modern footballing era it’s sometimes easy to forget that certain players need those few added years under their belt in order to blossom into the unquestionably talented assets we all know they can become. Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain hasn’t quite set the English game alight for Arsenal at this current moment in time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he never will.
As the Three Lions representative is still in the early stages of his career, in a star-studded outfit that would prove a tough nut to crack for any up and coming star hoping to build a successful legacy for himself, it would seemingly feel wrong to cast this bustling attacker aside just yet.
The former Southampton man definitely still possesses enough potential to make it within the Premier League, he seemingly maintains the backing of the Emirates community in general – and if Arsene Wenger can continue to express the same level of confidence in the winger that initially brought the 22-year-old to Arsenal in the first place – perhaps Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could easily prove most of his recent critics wrong.
With the Gunners are looking to land the league title for the first time in many a season this year however, it may indeed prove hard for the pacey winger to nail down a first team place at the Emirates right now. But if he can steer clear of injury and keep his head in 2015/16, there is no reason to suggest that the current Arsenal front-man simply isn’t capable of producing the goods at least somewhere down the line.
For now though, it’s up to the player in question to grab the rest of the season by the scruff of the neck, and prove that he is certainly worthy of operating at the Emirates one way or another.