McLintock: Oxlade-Chamberlain could be Arsenal's top man this season

Former Gunner Frank McLintock has explained why he feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a big role to play for Arsenal this season.

Former Arsenal player Frank McLintock told talkSPORT that he feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a top player for the Gunners this season.

McLintock suggested that the Ox is looking in better shape than ever before, though he still needs to refine the passing area of his game, which is significant considering the way the Gunners like to dominate possession.

“Chamberlain’s looking very good for me at the moment. He can be a bit careless with his passing at times but that’s one of his only faults. He’s stronger, he looks quicker, he’s getting more experience. He could be a top man this year if he keeps free of injuries,” he told talkSPORT.

His challenge on Arsenal’s wing

It will be very interesting to see if Arsene Wenger gives him the chance to play down the right hand side of Arsenal’s side consistently over the coming months.

The issue is what the boss does with Theo Walcott in terms of giving him the chance to play as a striker.

If Wenger leaves Walcott to play in a wider area, it’s going to be more difficult for Oxlade-Chamberlain to find frequent game time and to get the chances, which would allow him to prove that he can be an important player for the team.

Small advantages

The Ox can look to give himself smaller advantages in terms of training and the way he goes about general life at the club.

In terms of the qualities that McLintock has listed above, if Wenger has noticed the same then it gives the player a better chance of starting games frequently.

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