After years of being on the fringes at Arsenal and enduring numerous injury problems, it seems like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally ready to step-up and be a regular performer for the Gunners.
Whilst his first-team opportunities have still been limited this term, with young Alex Iwobi retaining a spot in the team and Theo Walcott in the form of his life, Oxlade-Chamberlain has still been performing well when called upon.
Last night, the England international netted both goals in a 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Reading to send the Gunners through to the quarter-finals and by doing so set a new personal record.
This is now Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's highest goalscoring season for Arsenal with 5 goals.
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There’s two ways you can look at this, either by being impressed that Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to knuckle down and break his personal best just a few months into the campaign or by questioning how his previous best was only four goals.
We’re a bit on the fence with the situation, as it’s great that the Ox has hit this record already but it’s definitely something he should have done soon. Hopefully by the end of the season, he’ll boast better numbers and can hit double figures.