Written by Nsofor Izuchukwu
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was signed from Southampton on the 8th of August 2011 for an initial £12m payment which could rise to £15m with ”add-ons” as reported by the media. He made his Arsenal debut on August 28, 2011, in the 8-2 humiliation by club rival Manchester United as a 62nd minute substitute for Francis Coquelin, thus becoming the 150th player to represent Arsenal in the Premier League.
He scored his first goal in the 58th minute of a Carling cup game against Shrewsbury Town on September 20, 2011, a game which Arsenal won 3-1. The Ox was tipped for greatness at Arsenal due to his performances considering his age. His substitution in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates stadium on 22 January 2012 caused mayhem, it angered the fans that they even booed the decision to replace him with Arshavin, even ‘Snake’ Robin van Persie also remonstrated with the Manager. His performance also prompted his nomination for the PFA young player of the year award which he lost to Kyle Walker who was 4 years older than him.
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Since then, Oxlade Chamberlain has failed to live up to expectations, having failed to score more than 2 goals in a Premier League season which is obviously a poor record. Hampered with injuries, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s style of play has not helped him at all. He lacks team play, has a horrible end product and when it looks as though he has got it right, he ends up wrecking it. He rarely impresses when he starts games, he was the major cause of our lose to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg.
Due to these numerous problems, including the ones not stated here, he is now down in the pecking order, a 4th choice right winger behind Walcott, Iwobi, and Welbeck. The Ox has disappointed so many, the 2016/2017 season was suppose to be a break through season for him as so many thought including myself, but with his performances in the few games played, I think we were all wrong. Iwobi has played in the starting XI for less than a year, but he has already done more than the Ox who has been at Arsenal for 5 years now.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was once invited by Rugby Club ‘London Irish’ for a trial but didn’t attend as football was his main aim.
Since it is obvious he likes football, he should be at least good at it. The season has just started though, the Ox can still have a breakthrough season. Goodluck to him.
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