Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to impress as an attacking wing-back although he came in for excessive criticism online after his display against Stoke.

But was he really that bad against the Potters?

If nothing else, playing as a wing-back is giving Chamberlain plenty of opportunities to show off his impressive wing play.

Coming from a deeper position, Chamberlain has more of the pitch to run onto and took full advantage of it against Stoke. According to stats from WhoScored, Chamberlain completed seven dribbles – comfortably more than any other player.

Even better, Chamberlain was also able to produce some very good crosses. One in the second half, which he tried to stand up to Welbeck, stood out. He also produced one excellent delivery from a free-kick that found Ramsey in the first half.

While Chamberlain impresses as an attacking force, his defending still leaves a big question mark. While not overly troubled by Jese Rodriguez, he was weak in the tackle at times.

His influence in the game decreased when he was pushed back to a more conventional right back role. With Stoke sitting deep in their own penalty area, Chamberlain had much less space to run into, and found it harder to dribble round players with Stoke doubling up on him.

That Wenger moved Hector Bellerin out of position to accommodate Chamberlain could be a show of faith.

We’ll see if he’s earned a starting spot against Liverpool next Sunday.

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