Arsenal can’t rely on Oxlade-Chamberlain or Walcott, says former Man United star

Johnny Giles says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott don't perform with any consistency

Arsenal can’t rely on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, according to former Manchester United midfielder Johnny Giles.

Walcott has enjoyed a run in the Arsenal first-team in recent weeks after Arsene Wenger demoted Olivier Giroud to the bench, scoring two goals in six Premier League appearances.

England forward Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, has been limited to a handful appearances after struggling to tie down a regular starting spot in the Arsenal first-team.

Reflecting on Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League mid-week, former Republic of Ireland international Giles explained why Wenger can’t rely on the English pair.

“Walcott is 26 now,” Giles told Newstalk.

“He should have a career behind him. He came to the club as a young lad and any 18 or 19-year-old deserves a bit of time.

“But you see him so matches and he is ok, but there is no consistency about him. He goes for a few runs.

“I haven’t seen Oxlade-Chamberlain influence a match. Walcott does occasionally, but only now and again. You can’t rely on them.”

Arsenal face Premier League leaders Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

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The Gunners were 5-2 winners against Leicester City in the Premier League last weekend thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to score or make an assist in seven Premier League appearances.

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