Rio Ferdinand implies Arsenal are making a mistake benching exciting star Oxlade-Chamberlain

Former Manchester United defender on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

With two assists in 45 minutes, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a welcome second half substitute for England against San Marino.

The 21-year-old has had a stop-start season to date, making three Premier League starts, and four appearances from the bench.

He has one goal in the league to date, and the two-assist showing, even considering the opposition, was an illustration of what he can do.

Upon his performance for England, current Queens Park Rangers centre-back Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to praise his display.

The clear insinuation from Ferdinand, is that both Arsenal and England are failing to utilise his talent to it's potential by leaving him out.

There is an impact for Oxlade-Chamberlain potentially, served to him via the injury to German international Mesut Ozil.

His versatility in attack and central midfield should see him get plenty of game time, and even get a chance to stake a claim to nail down a position of his own, something he has not yet been able to do.

What he will need however, is the same kind of impact he made for England, when he takes on a considerably more tricky opposition.

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