Tottenham coach tips Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain for a big season; Lineker agrees

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played well on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Bradley Allen and BBC pundit Gary Lineker believe that Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be one of the club’s star performers this season, the BBC reports.

The 21-year-old has already made an immediate impression on Premier League observers following his stunning goal during the 1-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Capable of playing in a number of positions in the attacking third, Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his good form against West Ham United despite his side’s surprise 2-0 defeat.

In a first half largely controlled by the hosts, the former Southampton ace brought a real spark to the Gunners’ attack and looked a far bigger threat than his teammates Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott.

Injuries have often hindered the England star’s progress at the Emirates but fitness providing, Tottenham coach Allen and former Spurs striker Gary Lineker tip him to be a big player this season.

"I think if Arsenal can keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit he can be a contender. He's got outstanding potential. His injuries have affected him, but if he can get a run this season he will be one of their star performers,” Allen said during his match commentary for the BBC.

Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a team-high nine successful take-ons against the Hammers and created four chances for his teammates via key passes, but they were in vain.

Striker Olivier Giroud was guilty of not taking his chances in front of goal and Alex Sanchez’s arrival pushed Oxlade-Chamberlain into a makeshift right-back position, arguably a poor move by Wenger.

It certainly wasn’t the start which the North London outfit were hoping for, although if there is one positive to take, it was the rise in status of their young attacker and the maturity he’s starting to show.

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