Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the Gunners’ standout star in 2017 and the English international impressed in Sunday’s FA Cup extra-time victory over Manchester City. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been operating as a right-sided wing-back due to the poor form of Hector Bellerin in recent weeks and was key in Arsenal coming from behind to reach the FA Cup final this weekend.
The 23-year-old played 105 minutes at Wembley Stadium and created more chances (3) than any his teammates, setting up Arsenal’s equaliser for Nacho Monreal. Oxlade-Chamberlain also made more dribbles (6) and whipped in eight crosses this weekend. While initially struggling at wing-back, he settled in the position and became influential in turning the tide on Pep Guardiola’s side.
His future at the Emirates Stadium is very much in doubt with his contract up at the end of next season, and Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be without a host of suitors given his form when fit this campaign. The midfielder’s performance highlights how important he is to Arsenal and such consistency in his showings in 2016/17 prove he continues to develop.
No longer a young player, Oxlade-Chamberlain is at the stage of his career where he needs regular playing time and it looks like he’s finally getting his dues.