Wenger has faith in Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will still fulfil his potential at Arsenal despite the England midfielder suffering through a dip in form at the moment, Sky Sports has reported.

Sky Sports adds that Oxlade-Chamberlain was a peripheral figure as Arsenal drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, the former Southampton player struggling to get into the game as the Gunners recorded their fifth draw in 13 Premier League games this season.

The 19-year-old has scored only once for Arsenal this season, in the League Cup against Coventry City, having made 11 appearances for Wenger’s side. Last season, his first with Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored four times, but did not hit the target in the final three months of the season after a February brace against relegation-bound Blackburn Rovers. Oxlade-Chamberlain did open his England account with a goal against San Marino in October.

Wenger however is not overly concerned with the standard of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performances, instead warning not to expect too much too soon from the teenager. Wenger said: “Alex has not played a lot recently. He lacks a bit of physical fitness. He tried at Villa and in patches he looked dangerous. He’s learning his trade and he’s a very talented young boy. I believe he will be a great player but at the moment he is learning his job.

Basically, he’s 19 years old and there will be ups and downs, of course, but I believe he will be a great player. You need patience with every young player or you don’t bring them out (see their potential fulfilled).

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