Wenger: The Ox is too critical of himself

Date published: Wednesday 23rd September 2015 8:37

Arsene Wenger has hinted that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not part of his first-choice XI because he is too self-critical.

The 22-year-old has started just two of six Premier League games this season as Wenger has opted to play Aaron Ramsey out of position on the right.

He is expected to return for the Capital One Cup tie with Tottenham, but his manager wants to see more belief from a player who started both recent England games.

“He is at the age now where he is getting picked regularly for the national team. He is picked by me as well for the team,” said Wenger.

“It is a very important season because of the nature he is growing. You feel the evolution has a sense of responsibility.

“I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must believe more in himself. He must believe more in his talent and that will help him develop as a player.

“I think sometimes he is too critical of himself. I would like him to play with the freedom and express the desire of his talent.”

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