Why Oxlade-Chamberlain could develop into a better player than Sterling

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is under far less pressure than Raheem Sterling at Liverpool, which could do wonders for his development.

If any neutral was asked who the better player is at their current level - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Raheem Sterling - every single one would agree both are exceptionally talented young players.

The edge may go to Liverpool's Sterling, who looks to have every possibility of developing into a world-class player at just the age of 19.

But where either star will be in their prime is a different matter. Both Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling have an equal chance of one-upping one another when it comes to the long term.

Where the Gunners youngster may have an advantage, however, despite being two years older, is his surroundings at the Emirates Stadium.

Right now, for both club and country, Sterling is one of his side's main men. The pressure is well and truly on the 19-year-old to produce at Anfield. If the young forward totally lost his form, the Reds would fare considerably worse.

At Arsenal, though, Oxlade-Chamberlain can afford to play less minutes, meaning less chance of injury or burnout. The 21-year-old can both afford to start when he is needed and sit on the bench when he is not.

Going forward, the Ox gets to work alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and more - learning from them every week.

At Liverpool, it is more a case of Brendan Rodgers' other forwards learning how good Sterling is week in, week out.

That's why, regardless of where they are now, if things stay the same, Oxlade-Chamberlain could have all the ingredients at hand to grow into a better player than the Reds star.

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