Arsene Wenger has tipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to become the England’s star player over the next three years.
Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at the Emirates in August 2011 as a 17-year-old, completing a £11 million switch from Southampton.
Since then he has shown flashes of brilliance, but has been unable to perform on a consistent basis and has often found himself in and out of the team.
But last season was his best yet in north London and as the campaign wore on he was regularly one of the stand-out players, even during February and March when Arsenal’s Premier League season collapsed.
And Wenger believes Oxlade-Chamberlain, now 23, is ready to make a major mark on the Premier League.
“I’m convinced he will be the English player in the next two or three years everyone will look at,” said the Arsenal boss.
“I rate him highly, he is a player who is on his way up. In the last year he has made huge progress.”
The big issue for Arsenal involving Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, is that he has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates.
Talks about extending his stay have failed to reach an agreement and Chelsea are believed to be monitoring the situation closely.
Wenger insists, however, that the England international will not be sold.
“I want him to stay here for a long time,” he said.
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