Ian Wright pleads with Arsene Wenger to give Arsenal midfielder a proper chance
The Arsenal legend wants to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get a sustained run in the Gunners side
Ian Wright has pleaded with Arsene Wenger to give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a sustained run in the Arsenal side.
The England international has started the north London side’s last two Premier League games to help the Gunners ease to victories over West Ham United and Stoke City.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored one goal and made one assist in Arsenal’s outstanding 5-1 victory over West Ham United in the derby at London Stadium last weekend.
The 23-year-old didn’t feature in their 4-1 win at Basel in the Champions League mid-week before the England winger started against Stoke on Saturday.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain teed up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s second goal in a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Potters at The Emirates.
The former Southampton man has started seven of Arsenal’s 15 Premier League games this season, while he has made a further six appearances from the bench.
But ex Arsenal striker Wright wants to see Wenger stick with Oxlade-Chamberlain in his starting line-up for a sustained spell to give the midfielder a real chance.
“I really do admire him a lot. His chances are too few or far between for Arsenal,” Wright told BBC One’s Match Of The Day show.
“With the emergence of Iwobi, it seems like he isn’t going to get a chance there. He has started seven games and he has only played 90 minutes once. I don’t know what more he can do. It is up to the boss to give him a run and let him have a goal.”
Wright added: “Even when he plays well, he still gets taken off.”