By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Graeme Souness has urged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to demand selection from Arsene Wenger and show why he should be an Arsenal regular.
The Sky TV pundit has questioned whether Oxlade-Chamberlain has the attitude and desire to be an established player at a major club.
The midfielder scored Arsenal’s second goal in their 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Sunday after being recalled to the team following a spell on the fringes.
It was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first Premier League goal in 16 months and his first ever away from home in the competition.
Former Liverpool star Souness says the England international should be producing the goods far more often in his fifth season at Arsenal.
“At 22, it’s time for Oxlade-Chamberlain to stand up and say ‘this is my moment and I’m going to be a serious player now, and if you don’t play me I’m going to be banging your door down and saying I don’t want to be here’,” Souness told Sky Sports on Sunday.
“When I see him interviewed I see him laughing and giggling a lot. If I was his manager I would want to see him serious and be angry at me when I was leaving him out.
“Does he take it seriously enough? He always seems to be laughing and joking. There is a player in there but it is ‘stand up and be counted’ time.
“At 22 and with the quality he has, he should not be accepting sitting on the bench and being a bit player. You’ve got to go in, bang down the manager’s door and say, ‘I’m ready for this’. Is he prepared to do that?”
Oxlade-Chamberlain made only his eighth Premier League start of the season against Bournemouth after being overlooked in favour of Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell in recent months.