Arsene Wenger has praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his terrific development as a player in the last 1 year.

Chamberlain has been included in the England national team for the World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine. As per Wenger, there has been a considerable improvement in Chamberlain’s game in the last 1 year. He has got some great skills at such a young age.

Wenger said that it’s a great achievement for Chamberlain to have found a place in the national squad. Generally, the players don’t get chance to be a part of the national team at 19 years of age.

But, Chamberlain is a special talent. He has achieved great success in quick time. As per Wenger, it’s not easy for a youngster to deal with such kind of success. When you come in the limelight so quickly, your focus tends to shift from the game to the things happening around you. So, it’s important for Chamberlain not to get carried away and keep concentrating on his game.

Chamberlain had signed for Arsenal last summer. Arsenal had bought him from Southampton. He played his first match for Arsenal against Manchester United in the Premier League. Arsenal’s performance in that match was disastrous. The team was defeated by 8-2 in Chamberlain’s debut match. Chamberlain’s first goal for Arsenal came against Shrewsbury Town in a match of the League Cup.

Chamberlain’s performance was impressive throughout the last season and he was one of the standout performers for the club. At the end of the last season, the former Arsenal captain, Robin Van Persie had said that Chamberlain was on the way of becoming a superstar.
Wenger said that the club is expecting some decent performances from Chamberlain in this season as well. He was fantastic in the last season and the club wants him to take his performance to the next level.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he will not be making any comments regarding the future of star striker Robin van Persie, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Manchester City.

The 28-year-old Dutchman is out of contract at the end of the season and he has already stated that he will not be signing a new contract with the club.

As a result, Arsenal are left are facing the dilemma of losing their star striker for nothing, but they could sell the player for around £ 20 million this summer. The two Manchester clubs have been heavily linked with the player.

Manchester United have already made an opening bid of £ 15 million, which was rejected by Arsenal. Even though Manchester City are yet to come with a concrete offer for the player, it is thought that they will be doing so in the next few weeks. Juventus were initially linked with a move for the player, but they have pulled out of the deal to sign the Dutchman after citing the excessive wage demands of the player. Robin van Persie is thought to be demanding around £ 200,000 per week to the interested parties.

"Well at the moment I must say that this is not the subject of our tour, van Persie. I can understand it interests journalists, but we have nothing special to say about him, and the day we have to say something we will come out, don't worry, and inform you. The tour is very demanding because we travelled a lot, we played tougher games (than) we expected, even in Malaysia the game was tough physically. Last night we had a very tough game physically as well between Manchester City and Arsenal so it's a big intensity," said Arsene Wenger while on the tour of Asia.



Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his striker Robin van Persie's form at the Euro 2012 by saying that the lack of goals from the 28-year-old is down to the Dutch teammates.

Despite being one of the favourite teams to win the Euro 2012, the Netherlands went out of the competition in the group stages itself after having suffered three defeats in the three group matches. Robin van Persie, who came into the tournament as one of the players to watch, was extremely disappointing after he failed to convert many chances for the national team.

Wenger, who is facing a major fight to keep his star striker at the Emirates stadium, has said that Robin van Persie's failure to score goals is due to his teammates not helping him.

Robin van Persie had an extraordinary season with Arsenal last season after he almost single-handedly helped the club reached the third place in the league. This, in turn, helped them qualify for the Champions League group stages automatically.

It has been seen as a major reason that would persuade Robin van Persie to stay at the club, like he did with Cesc Fabregas years before. Even though there are many rumours suggesting that Robin van Persie would sign for Italian club Juventus, Wenger believes that the Dutchman will stay at Arsenal next season.

“Robin deserves more credit than he gets in Holland. Robin van Persie was the best striker during the tournament. He’s much better than strikers from other countries and he’s also better than [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar. You’ve got two types of strikers. You’ve got the ‘striker-striker’, who only plays in the box and waits for the ball. And you’ve got more footballing strikers, like Van Persie, and in the even more extreme Karim Benzema at France,” said Arsene Wenger to the De Telegraaf after the tournament's exit for the Dutch.



Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been stirred by the news that winger Theo Walcott could be back into the first-team reckoning for the match against West Brom during the weekend.

It looked like Theo Walcott would miss not only the rest of the season for Arsenal, but also the Euro 2012 as well. However, he has made remarkable recovery from a hamstring injury he suffered in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea a few weeks back. Wenger criticised the Walcott for not coming off and remaining on the field only to worsen the injury. However, the return of Theo Walcott is a massive boost for Wenger in the hopes of finishing in the top three.

Finishing in the top three positions of the Premier league will ensure Champions League qualification to the group stages automatically for a club. Arsenal blew their chances of finishing in the top three after the 3-3 draw with Norwich during the weekend, but were rescued by the fact that both Tottenham and Newcastle failed to take advantage of this slipup. As a result, Arsenal going to the match against West Brom with their fate in their hands, and the return of Walcott, who has scored eight Premier league goals and has 13 assists, will be a massive boost.

The news is also a major boost for current West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, who was recently unveiled as the next England manager. Roy Hodgson would have been hoping to take Theo Walcott to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer. England will be hoping for a much better than just a quarter-final finish, which has become the norm for the team in the last decade or so in major competitions. England failed to qualify for the Euro 2008, and they will be hoping to do well this time around.



Arsene Wenger has said that the chances of Arsenal winning the Premier League this season is all but over after the 1-0 defeat at the hands of leaders Manchester City.

In the process, Arsenal also surrendered as their eight match unbeaten run in the league. The 1-0 defeat, which came courtesy of a David Silva strike in the second half, condemned Arsenal to the first defeat in eight matches. Even though Arsene Wenger said that the defeat was hard to take, the possibility of Arsenal staging a late comeback for the Premier League title race seems all but over.

It was only a week ago that the title race looked like being opened by Chelsea after the London club defeated Manchester City for the first time this season. It closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points, but the win over Arsenal just confirms the superiority of Manchester City. Arsene Wenger, though, was critical of the refereeing decisions in the match, as he believed that Arsenal should have been awarded a goal that was wrongly disallowed for offside. Despite the defeat, Wenger has said that there have been plenty of positives for Arsenal to take from the match and they should not be looking to downtrodden.

"There are lots of positives; the team has done well since August. The progress is encouraging, but we need encouragement and points. Today we only got encouragement. It was a game which could have gone both ways. It was very intense,” said Wenger after the defeat. He also said that Arsenal will not be making a move for French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in the January transfer window. Manchester City have continued their perfect start at the Etihad Stadium with this victory, despite suffering a defeat last week to Chelsea.


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