Wenger to give Oxlade-Chamberlain chance in new year

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that young forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will breakthrough into the side next year, The Daily Mirror reports.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was signed for £12m from Southampton, but has yet to stake his place in the Gunners first team. The 18 year old has been given limited chances in the side and has reportedly become frustrated with his lack of chances. Oxlade-Chamberlain has gained experience in the Champions League this season and Wenger insists he feels the forward is ready to be unleashed on the Premier League. The Gunners boss has hopes that Oxlade-Chamberlain can become one of the star men in the Premier League next term.

The England under 21 forward has made one appearance in the league for Arsenal and that came in the 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford by Manchester United. Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature when Gervinho heads off to the African Cup of Nations, but is expected to be on the bench for today’s fixture against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger said: ‘In 2012, at the beginning of the year, he will play games. He is not far away. He is a talented boy, it’s all there – he just needs that toughness in the game because every game for us at the moment is so tight. The other night, again, I could have brought him on against Aston Villa and you have no hesitation of doing it. But you do not want him to be a little bit overawed by the intensity of the game. He is ready to play’.

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