Jamie Redknapp issues challenge to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Bayern v Arsenal
Jamie Redknapp was impressed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance for Arsenal against Hull
Jamie Redknapp has challenged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to build on his impressive performance against Hull by helping Arsenal beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The England international was deployed in central midfield by Arsene Wenger at The Emirates as Alexis Sanchez scored twice to earn the Gunners a 2-0 victory over the Tigers in north London.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has often been criticised for failing to produce consistent displays for the Gunners in recent seasons despite showing plenty of potential.
However, former England and Liverpool star Redknapp feels that the Southampton youth product could have a long-term future at Arsenal playing in central midfield for the Gunners.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “Earlier in the season I argued that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might have to leave Arsenal to further his career. After watching his impressive display against Hull, I believe he could have a future at the Emirates in central midfield.
“Although he has played mostly as a winger, Oxlade-Chamberlain has all the attributes to thrive in the middle. Against Hull he ran the game, tackling and passing well and running with great energy.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is a confidence player and he tends to retreat into his shell when fans get on his back for losing the ball. Performances like this will go a long way to silencing his critics.
“His challenge is to do it in the big games — and they do not come much bigger than Bayern Munich on Wednesday.”
Arsenal are currently gearing up for their crunch Champions League clash against Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday night as they bid to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in six seasons.