Redknapp questions Ox and Walcott progression

Date published: Monday 18th January 2016 9:49

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Harry Redknapp claims he is still waiting for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain “to get going” and says Arsenal look “ordinary” without Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners ground out a 0-0 draw with Stoke on Sunday in which no player made more than one chance; Walcott did not have a shot while Oxlade-Chamberlain had three from outside the area.

Walcott played on the left in the absence of Sanchez and did not attempt a cross, had a pass completion rate of less than 70% and lost the ball four times with a poor touch.

Redknapp said in his Daily Telegraph column: “They were without their two best players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but they didn’t get beat.

“They may well have done in previous years and I thought they showed a really good attitude throughout the game. Some Arsenal fans might think it was a bad result, but I disagree.

“OK, you can say they looked a bit ordinary without Ozil and Sanchez and they did at times. When I look at players like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, I’m still waiting for them to get going. I don’t think they have been at their best since coming back from injury and Arsenal need them to start performing to the standard they have in previous years. They didn’t have the same threat going forward.

“Arsenal need to get Ozil and Sanchez back, the performance at Stoke highlights the fact you can’t lose your two best players at the same time and not suffer for it. It would hurt any team and Arsenal aren’t any different.

“As a manager, you have four or five players you can’t do without. When they are missing you miss them badly. The other five or six, you can move around a bit, take players out and put different ones in and it doesn’t have too much of an effect.

“Without Ozil and Sanchez, Arsenal lacked sparkle in the final third, it was all a bit pedestrian, but, I’ll say it again, they still didn’t get beat.”

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