Arsenal’s Ox: Wenger not afraid to tell me when I’m not good enough

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praises Arsene Wenger for his coaching style and says Frenchman is not afraid of delivering criticism

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently sidelined with a knee problem Photo: Nike

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised Arsene Wenger for his coaching style and insists the Arsenal boss is not afraid of delivering criticism when necessary.

The 20-year-old Gunners midfielder is currently sidelined with a knee injury but has revealed that Wenger is always offering him and his team-mates words of encouragement.

“He says a lot to me,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website.

“There have been a lot of wise words over the two years I’ve been here. He is a good encourager especially, when encouragement is needed.

“Likewise he tells you when you are not doing well enough, and what areas of your game you need to specifically work on.

“He gives a lot of tactical and technical advice. He’s always telling me and the other players what we can do to improve, which is what we always want to do.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined the Gunners from Southampton in 2011, also feels that Arsenal’s positive worldwide image is largely down to the Frenchman.

“I just think the club in general is run really well,” he continued. “It’s a really friendly club, very much a family club.

“I think it’s just a great, friendly club, not to mention how big it is and what the name Arsenal Football Club means across the world.

“I think the manager has a massive part to play in that. The way that the club is seen around the world now is largely down to our manager, and the way he represents Arsenal.

“That rubs off on the players and we do learn from him off the pitch too.”

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