Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is following in the footsteps of teammate Theo Walcott after scoring twice against Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, as reported by ESPN.
Oxlade-Chamberlain decided the game against the Championship side to fire the Gunners into the last eight, just as Walcott has been doing in the league throughout the season so far for the French boss. Oxlade-Chamberlain's future has been the subject of speculation for several weeks, but he took his chance to impress with a goal in either half.
Wenger stated in his post-match press conference:
"Now you have hope every time he has the ball that something can happen. He is of course powerful, but he finishes well. He has added that to his game. Certainly that's linked with confidence and work in training as well.
"He's following Walcott, in the same way. They are lifting each other.
"The quality of his concentration and his focus is sharper and more determined. He has worked a lot mentally to be really focused, and it comes out every day in training and now it's starting to come out in the games."
Arsenal fielded a team of youngsters for the match, and Wenger went on to praise a number of them for their contribution, telling Sky Sports:
"If you are still in all the competitions, it is not too hard (to give the whole squad a game).
"We have three top goalkeepers and (Emiliano Martinez) knows he will get a game if we win. It is a good incentive.
"It was a good performance, we were dynamic. Sometimes the mistake we made was due to a lack of experience from young players who want to show they have the required quality.
"But overall it was a very positive performance, a very united team performance. The vibes we have inside the squad are very positive and the experienced players showed the young players how to behave."
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