Oxlade Chamberlain can be a major asset for Arsenal says Andy Cole

The winger scored the winner against Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday and Cole is hoping for big things next season.

Writing on Kicca, former Manchester United striker Andy Cole says he believes Alex Oxlade Chamberlain can be a major asset for Arsenal next season if he can stay fit.

The winger scored the only goal of the game against Chelsea on Sunday to help his side lift the Community Shield ahead of the new season.

It was a big moment for the England man, who has so far endured a difficult time at the Emirates since his move from Southampton, with a series of injuries and increased competition having restricted his playing time considerably.

And Cole believes if he can stay fit next season, then he will be a major asset to Arsenal as they eye up a potential Premier League title challenge.

“I’m really hoping Oxlade-Chamberlain comes through this season, because I really like him as a player,” he wrote on Kicca.

“If Chamberlain could stay fit for the whole season instead of picking up all those little niggles, he could really be a major asset for Arsenal this season.”

A good footballing brain for such a young man

The former Manchester United striker has also praised the player highlighting just what skills he has to bring to the Arsenal side.

The winger is well known for being quick, a trait he was keen to demonstrate against a stranded Cesar Azpilicueta in Sunday’s victory, but he has more to offer than just his pace.

And Cole believes if both the player and the Gunners can play to his strengths, he will be a big plus for Arsene Wenger’s side saying his footballing brain is one of his major assets.

“He’s got a good footballing brain for such a young man,” he added.

“He can play numerous positions, in the centre and on the right. He is quick and strong. If Arsenal play to his strengths and he plays to his own strengths, he is a big plus for Arsenal.”

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