When he made the move to the Emirates, many thought that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ‘new’ Theo Walcott. He emerge out of Theo’s shadow and take over in years to come.
But they were wrong. Chamberlain is already better than Walcott. There are many similarities between them; both are pacey winger/forwards, both joined from Southampton at a young age for large transfer fees and both earned surprise call-ups to the national side for a major tournament. But that’s where it ends.
Chamberlain has impressed from day one and has indeed taken Theo’s position in the side. He is not afraid to take on his players, using his immense speed to his advantage, growing in confidence game-by-game and seemingly not phased by the amount of football he is playing at a young age. Unlike Theo, Chamberlain also earned playing time at the Euro’s. He’s a smart footballer, works hard and is very creative in the final third. Against Sunderland, Theo seemed lost, unsure of where he needed to be. He always dithers on the ball, often picking the wrong option.
Arsenal fans also have not seen the Theo Walcott we saw at Southampton. I would love to see him knock the ball past an opponent and use his speed but he has continued to disappoint on the quality front. He seems shy in front of goal and often fluffs his crosses. Chamberlain however seems much more assured. With him producing such impressive performances at this early stage in his Arsenal career, things can only get better for Arsenal.
The worrying thing is that if Arsenal continue to go without silverware, how long before another club comes knocking for his services. Chamberlain has the pace, creativity and footballing brain to become a world-beater. He has time on his side to learn from those around him and go from strength to strength.
As long as he can stay injury-free, he can be very influential for the Gunners this season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!