Expect to witness Oxlade-Chamberlain in action more often in 2012.
According to Arsene Wenger, the 18-year-old will finally be given his much anticipated chance with the first team during the upcoming calendar year.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s nearly £15 million summer transfer to the club was widely criticized as another expensive move for an inexperienced player, but following the glimpses of brilliance the English forward has shown when given a chance this season, fans now dub him ‘the Ox’ and calls for more playing opportunities for the England Under-21 international have grown.
The former Southampton boy often impressed in the Carling Cup where he enjoyed several starts and netted his first goal for the club with a terrific long-range strike against Shrewsbury.
Oxlade-Chamberlain then netted another goal in the Champions League against Olympiakos, but despite his exploits, Arsene Wenger has limited him to the bench.
And so following the win over QPR, Wenger promised to hand the teenager more action as he plans to rotate his tiring squad in Monday’s visit to Fulham.
“He (Oxlade-Chamberlain) is not very far at all, he will be playing very quickly.” Wenger said
As of now, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made only six appearances as an Arsenal player and scored twice. His only Premier League experience was a substitute’s show in the defeat at Old Trafford.