Arsenal fans respond after Stan Collymore hits out at 24-year-old
By Matt Farr
Stan Collymore has incurred the wrath of the Arsenal fans on Twitter after stating the progress of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stalled.
Collymore’s comments come after the England starting eleven was announced for the World Cup qualifier with Lithuania on Sunday.
The former Liverpool forward took his personal Twitter account to question the decision from Gareth Southgate to pick the out-of-form Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, in his side.
Barkley should be in ahead of the Ox for me. Lad has learned a slightly different role at #EFC and done it well. Ox has stalled mostly.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 26, 2017
He insisted that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley would have been a better alternative, after the 23-year-old had impressed in recent weeks for the Toffees.
But his scathing attack on Oxlade-Chamberlain did not sit at all well with Arsenal fans, who were in no doubt that their midfielder deserved to be part of the starting eleven.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Ox has looked very good in the CM role recently when playing there for Arsenal due to injuries. Much better CM/CA than winger
— Jack (@Gooner94_) March 26, 2017
As an Arsenal fan who watches every game, Ox has been superb in CM lately, gone under the radar due to us being bad recently
— North Bank (@m95shah) March 26, 2017
wrong call colly the ox has been arsenals best player over the last 3 games.although arsenal are not playing well he deserves
— nick corn (@rojems) March 26, 2017
until recently he has been a massive let down, but he's probably been our best player of late. In his best position at last.
— GTC (@jiteezee) March 26, 2017
He has been Arsenal best player, not much between them.
— Paul Prescott (@preccy_3) March 26, 2017
look at the team Stan he'll be playing a deeper role like he has done for Arsenal recently. Barkley doesn't do that
— Paul Yates (@paulyates89) March 26, 2017
Ozil has been playing well of late for The Arsenal tbf
— Beardedblackman (@BeyondArsenal) March 26, 2017
The backing from the Arsenal support comes after a testing few weeks for the club, in which the club have lost six of their last nine games in all competitions.
But Gunners fans are certain that the performances of Oxlade-Chamberlain in his new central midfield role have been one of the few positives to take from their ongoing misery.
In contrast, Everton’s Barkley has re-discovered some of the form that made him one of the most promising young talents in England only a short while ago.
The attacking midfielder has shrugged off criticism from his own manager to play a starring role in Everton’s last few fixtures, as well as earning himself a recall to the England setup; albeit as a substitute.
He has five goals and seven assists from 30 appearances this season, including two assists from his last three Premier League appearances.
In other Arsenal news, this 25-year-old reportedly wants Serie A move after a glowing recommendation from David Beckham.