Ian Wright: This Arsenal 23-year-old is unfairly treated by Wenger
By Will Butcher
Ian Wright declared himself delighted to see Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain star against Stoke on Saturday but urged Arsene Wenger to give him more opportunities.
Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live that the 23-year-old has been unfairly treated at the Emirates in terms of game time, but was significantly impressed with his eye-catching impact during the 3-1 win.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played fantastically well,” Wright said. “I’m really pleased to see him get in a bit of a run at the moment.
“He seems to be the guy who’s always left out or is taken off whether he’s playing well or not and I would love to see him get a run.”
The Gunners ran out 3-1 winners against Stoke, with Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi finding the net for Arsene Wenger’s side.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain was too hot to handle for Mark Hughes’ side throughout the match, before being substituted in the 70th minute for goalscorer Iwobi.
The England international’s best moment of the match came at the start of the second half, as he curled a superb lob over the Stoke defence that saw Ozil loop a header over Lee Grant.
Arsenal’s number 15 has started just 11 games this season, despite scoring six goals and turning provider on a further six occasions.
But after last weekend’s stunning strike during the 5-1 win against West Ham and now a stunning performance against Stoke, Wenger could be tempted to give Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a run out.
Arsenal next face Everton on Tuesday night in the Premier League, as the busy Christmas period begins to kick in.
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