Thierry Henry: Time’s up for this Arsenal duo
Thierry Henry discusses Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's form for Arsenal
Thierry Henry has warned Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that they must start delivering on a regular basis for Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been unable to hold down a regular starting spot in Arsenal’s first-team this season but scored the Gunners’ second goal as they beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The 22-year-old has only started eight Premier League games this season and his strike against the Cherries was his first top-flight goal of the campaign.
Walcott has also only found the net three times in the Premier League this season despite featuring 19 times in the top flight for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Henry feels that the England duo need to start living up to their reputations as promising youngsters as Arsenal prepare to host Leicester City at The Emirates this weekend.
Henry said on Sky Sports before Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth on Sunday: “I [try] to see what was going on, the view of the manager. He must [say] to himself ‘Is the Ox going to win me this game?’
“And he must [say to himself] ‘No! Let’s not try to lose it.’ It might sound crazy, I know, but does Oxlade-Chamberlain do enough to be a starter at Arsenal?
“How long are we going to say he’s a prospect? He’s been there for four-and-a-half-years. Enough now. You have to be a starter. The same goes with Theo Walcott.”
Arsenal are five points behind the Foxes heading into this weekend’s crunch clash.