Martin Keown has advice for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Martin Keown says that Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to add more facets to his game.

Martin Keown has explained in The Daily Mail how Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can improve his game.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined North London outfit Arsenal from Southampton in the summer of 2011 and is considered as one of the most promising young players in England.

The England international is a versatile footballer who can play as a central midfielder or as a winger.

Former Arsenal star Keown rates Oxlade-Chamberlain highly, but he has pointed out some weaknesses in his game.

Keown has also explained how the Arsenal youngster can improve himself and become a better player.

“I would like to see Oxlade-Chamblerain in the game far more than he is,” the former England international wrote in The Daily Mail. “Too often he’s in and out of games.

“When he’s in the game he’s incredibly eye-catching. He’s quick and decisive in what he does though he can be guilty of overplaying. But sometimes he’s a bit too slow to move back into position afterwards.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain looks happy when he’s got the ball, but out of possession he literally stands still. He’s an intelligent boy but he has to play the game for 90 minutes, in and out of possession and be continually on the move.”

“I’m a big admirer of his game but he has to link those moments of brilliance with a finish or a conclusion,” added Keown.

“It’s no good if a gymnast pulls off all sorts of tricks but doesn’t land properly. It’s got to end with something and that has to be the same for Oxlade-Chamberlain.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stats

During the 2012-13 season, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored one goal and created 19 chances in 25 Premier League appearances.

In 2013-14, the English youngster scored two goals and created six chances in 14 league matches, while in 2014-15, he found the target once and created 35 chances in 23 Premier League games.

So far this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has created four chances in six Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch