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Why We Shouldn't Take The OX To The Euro's

Wednesday 8th February 2012
After a bit part role at the start of the season Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a very successful spell scoring in the champions league for Arsenal and putting in some tremendous performances.

He was thrust straight into the deep end against Manchester United at the Emirates with thunderous affect. The Ox ran riot making mockery of Manchester United captain Patrice Evra and then setting up Robin Van Persie's equaliser. In fact, the Ox was having such a great game that his substitution was met with boo's and a very hostile reaction, one that was Arsene Wenger has never seen in all the years managed Arsenal football club.

Most people believe this substitution handed Manchester United the three points as Andrei Arshavin again put in a below par performance. However recently there have been murmurings that Oxlade Chamberlain should be taken to the euro's despite just recently becoming the youngest Player to score in the premier league after his brace against Blackburn in the 7-1 drubbing of Rovers.

As you can tell by the headline I am very pessimistic about taking Chamberlain to the Euro's and this is mainly because of the fact that this is all very reminiscent of the 2006 world cup where Sven Goran Erickson took Theo Walcott to the world cup, even though Theo never started a game for Arsenal.

There was a lot of controversy with taking Theo and this feels like Deja vu all. The only difference is Chamberlain has had some valuable experience by playing in the Champions league which at the point Walcott was selected had not.

I personally believe that being selected for the world cup and not playing at the world cup hurt Walcott's confidence and watching Theo now he can have some very inconsistent games.

At Stamford Bridge against Chelsea Theo was magnificent scoring Arsenal's 3rd of 5 that day and constantly gave Ashley Cole a hard time that game. However against Manchester United his final ball was again lacking and once he got into decent positions he again got too excited and snatched at his shots and some went horribly wide.

While the Ox displayed great vision and was a threat all game and of course set up van Persie's equaliser.

It is easy to see why anyone want to take the Ox to the Euro's. He's very quick, can pick a great pass and unlike Walcott has a great final ball and can finish but I feel the Euro's have come too soon for Oxlade-Chamberlain and picking him could have good implications however if he does no play well or even not at all like Theo then his confidence could be ruined.

As the need for England to do well in a major competition is very high especially after a really depressing world cup.
Akash Hussain

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