Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed his second goal of pre-season with a splendid solo effort against Chivas Guadalajara in the early hours of Sunday morning but everything may not be OK with his knee.
Oxlade-Chamberlain with fabulous solo goal pic.twitter.com/QQmdmcLo2o
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A reminder to us all of what he has in his locker and how disruptive his injuries have been to not only his time on the pitch but his confidence as well, Arsene Wenger seemed concerned about the Ox’s knee after the game.
“It’s a very important season for him,” Wenger said.
“He has been out for a long, long time. He has been injured and did not go to the European Championship, like he should have done if he had been fit. That’s why I’m cautious with him. I gave him 45 minutes [against MLS All-Stars], now 70 minutes.
“I hope I can get him through and fit for the start of the season. [He gives us] power, penetration. He has it all, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It’s difficult what he doesn’t have – that’s why I would like him to get to the level he can go to.
“Maybe he doesn’t completely believe himself how good he can be and that’s the final step for him.”
There is certainly no denying the ability of the Ox which is why the last few seasons have been even more frustrating from him.
Hopefully he can get some injury-free time together and really show the world what he’s all about. If he can, Arsenal really have a player on their hands.