Martin Keown: Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t do enough for Arsenal

Martin Keown says Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be sloppy at times

Martin Keown says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to get on the ball more if the Arsenal forward wants to become first choice under Arsene Wenger.

The England international scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

There is a sloppiness to his play which inexcusable for Arsene Wenger

Martin Keown

Oxlade-Chamberlain started just his eighth Premier League game of the season at Dean’s Court on Sunday, making a further 13 appearances from the bench.

Speaking on Match Of The Day 2, former Arsenal defender Keown explained what Oxlade-Chamberlain must do to secure more first-team football at the Emirates Stadium.

“He has shown in flashes what they have been missing from him,” Keown said.

“Nine games that he has completed is quite unbelievable. You could see resignation when he was taken off.

“At times, he looked good. He wants to play in a central role.

“But there is a sloppiness to his play which inexcusable for Arsene Wenger. He has the ability but it is his understanding.

“When he comes alive, he looks more than good enough to do a job for Arsene Wenger.”

Keown added: “He doesn’t get enough touches. He needs to get on the ball more.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored one goal in 21 Premier League appearances for the north London side so far this season.

The 21-year-old has made a further eight appearances in cup competitions, including the Champions League and the FA Cup.

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Arsenal host Premier League leaders Leicester City in a must-win game for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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