‘Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to be more like Dele Alli to succeed at Arsenal’

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain can still be an Arsenal hit providing he believes in himself on the pitch, talkSPORT has been told.The 22-year-old missed Euro 2016 due to injury and, in recent years, has failed to nail down a regular first-team spot at the Emirates.He made 37 appearances for club and country last season and has shown glimpses of his capabilities, most recently netting a superb solo goal in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.Manager Arsene Wenger is now hoping an impressive run of games in the off-season can give Oxlade-Chamberlain the platform to succeed.The 2011 big-money signing from Southampton, capped 24 times for England, has undoubted potential and former Gunners midfielder Perry Groves feels he needs to take inspiration from starlet Dele Alli at local rivals Tottenham.“I have [high hopes for him],” Groves told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He needs to have a little bit more arrogance and belief in himself.“He’s got everything and if I was him I’d be looking at Dele Alli at Spurs. He could be a very similar player – don’t copy him, but when Alli plays for Spurs, he looks like he believes he is the best player on the pitch.“That’s what Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to get into his game. He’s a very nice lad, humble boy, but when you go onto the pitch you have to believe you are the best player.”The north Londoners have been heavily linked with more midfield players in the transfer window – most notably Riyad Mahrez, but Groves believes Oxlade-Chamberlain can fit the bill.He said: “You have got to have that [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic/[Eric] Cantona sort of [aura]…’everybody’s looking at me’.“He’s got to demand the ball more and last year before he was injured I think he just had a crisis of confidence.“He’s having Iwobi and Joel Campbell in front of him. If I was Oxlade-Chamberlain I’d be looking and thinking ‘they shouldn’t be in front of me, I have to pull myself together and prove how good I really am’.”last_img read more