Perry Groves: Arsenal underachiever must mirror the attitude of Tottenham ace
By Dominic Toner
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must believe he is the best player on the pitch, according to former Arsenal player Perry Groves.
The 22-year-old has been plagued by injury throughout his short career and was limited to just six starts in the Premier League last season, and it has even been claimed that Arsenal are ready to cut their losses with the player.
Groves has insisted that Tottenham’s Dele Alli provides the perfect benchmark of the level Oxlade-Chamberlain could achieve.
“[Chamberlain] has got everything and if I was him I’d be looking at Dele Alli at Spurs,” Groves told Talksport, quoted by the Evening Standard. “He could be a very similar player – don’t copy him, but when Alli plays for Spurs, he looks like he believes he is the best player on the pitch.
“That’s what Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to get into his game. He’s a very nice lad, humble boy, but when you go onto the pitch you have to believe you are the best player.”
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Spurs finished third in the league last season and midfielder Alli was an integral part to their success, with 10 goals and nine assists in his first attempt at top-flight football.
Arsene Wenger recently urged Oxlade-Chamberlain to fulfil his massive potential and told Sky Sports that he must believe in himself to make the step up in class.
Arsenal fans will be hoping the winger can follow his manager’s advice and have the self-belief and drive to turn himself into one of the most prolific wide-players in the world.
The Arsenal boss snapped up Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton in 2011 amid some serious competition for his signature and clearly still believes in his young forward ability to perform.
He has two years left on his contract and despite his injury woes, is understood to not want a move away from the Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 149 appearances for the north London club in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and contributing 21 assists.
In other Arsenal team news, youngster Krystian Bielik has revealed where Wenger intends to play him this season.