[Video] Tribute To AOC – Watch This Arsene & Play The Kid!

By on April 3, 2012

Like many Arsenal fans, i’m a huge admirer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. In my opinion, alongside Jack Wilshere, he is the most exciting youngster at the club. Ryo Miyaichi isn’t far behind either, but AOC and Wilshere could really go on to become Arsenal greats.

AOC has everything. Pace, power, technical ability, he can pass and shoot with both feet and isn’t afraid to put his foot in either. He gave us a glimpse of what he was capable of with a superb goal against Olympiakos in September, making him the youngest ever Englishman to score in the Champions League.

But Chamberlain really burst onto the scene with a superb performance against Blackburn in February when he scored a lovely brace. After this game was being regarded by many fans as a first team regular and after another super all-round display against AC Milan at the Emirates, many felt it would be difficult for Arsene Wenger to leave the 18-year-old out the side.

However, since the Blackburn game AOC has only started 3 of the last 10 games and since the Milan tie, he’s only played a total of just 89 minutes of football in four matches.

Wenger has chosen to start Ramsey out of position on the left side ahead of the Oxe in recent games, which is head scratching to say the least. Choosing Gervinho i understand, but Ramsey?!

So why has Arsene decided to hold him back? Surely the kid has proven he deserves more playing time than he’s currently getting? I’m not asking for him to start ever game and play every minute, but 89 minutes of football in the last four games is nowhere near enough considering what AOC can offer the team.

Just in case the boss has forgotten what Chambo is capable of, here’s a video montage of some of his best bits to remind him. Watch the video Arsene, and start playing AOC again!

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19 Comments

  1. Mogooner

    April 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Please don’t write anything like this again, you’ve just shown how thick you are. AW needs to watch your stupid video compilation to know what AOC is capable of? Erm, no, he sees him in training every day!!! Maybe he has some niggles, maybe he’s been ill. Stop playing armchair manager and grow up!!! YOU DO NOT KNOW BETTER THAN THE MANAGER!!!

    • John

      April 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Well said. Can’t believe the arrogance of this blogger. Qwerty expertise at its worst.

      • RVP10

        April 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Arrogance? Please do explain. I’d love to hear your reasons for this.

        Obviously having an opinion is forbidden according to you ‘Gooners’.

        • John

          April 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

          I need to explain your arrogance? Hahaha, just read your article again and your replies.

          • RVP10

            April 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

            Apologies, didn’t realise having an opinion and writing a lighthearted post was considered ‘arrogant’.

    • RVP10

      April 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Haha. Yes, that’s right Mogooner. I think i know better than the manager.

      The fact you’ve written such a ridiculous reply shows exactly how stupid you are mate. Do you really think i ACTUALLY meant Arsene Wenger should watch the video and take my advice?!?! FFS.

      However, am i not allowed to question Wengers decisions either? Playing Ramsey out of position on the left side, ahead of AOC & Gervinho is a crazy decision IMO. Nobody will convince me otherwise. Not you. Not Wenger. Not anybody. The point of the article was a tribute to AOC, showing how well he’s done this season and i feel he should have been playing more in recent weeks given his performances vs Blackburn and AC Milan. Simple.

      Arsene Wenger also watches Aaron Ramsey every day in training, yet he decides to play him left wing? Is Wenger above any sort of criticism in your eyes? If so, your not a fan mate. Your a follower.

      • Dan T

        April 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        Typing fairly aggressive and sarcastic comments to the few people commenting on your blog is probably ill-advised.

        I do agree with your article though. I think he needs more playing time. I understand he wants to be cautious with him but surely not this cautious. I think Ramsey could prbably do with going on loan until the end of the season. He has lost his composure and could do with regaining it out of the limelight.

        • RVP10

          April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          I know, but it just bugs me how many ‘fans’ out their take time out of their day to pick at the stupidest things these days.

          Rambo has been disappointing on the whole, but it really doesn’t help when he’s played out on the left.

          I think Wenger is scared of AOC going to the Euro’s. He knows the expectation level will be similar to theo 8 years ago, and if AOC fails to live up to the hype, his confidence might take a hit, like Walcott’s did. But he should certainly be giving him more time on the field regardless.

      • Mogooner

        April 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        RVP10 Breathe, you might give yourself a heart attack!
        I’m confused! Is this piece supposed to be tongue-in-cheek or your (uninformed) opinion? If it is the former, then it has failed. If you’re going to write such a piece, then you really need to go for it. If it is your (uniformed) opinion, then maybe it could be a bit more rounded. i.e accepting there might be a reason for AOC’s absence that we are not privy to. Had YOU been a fan rather than a follower, you’d know that Arsene Wenger has gone on record to say that he thinks AOC SHOULD go to the Euros so you’re ‘I think Wenger is scared of AOC going to the Euros’ comment is redundant.
        Who said you can’t question Wenger’s decisions? I think ALL Arsenal fans do it from time to time. However, those of us who are SUPPORTERS know how to keep things in perspective. We SUPPORT in good and bad times.
        I read plenty of blogs who have arguments that I don’t necessarily agree with. However, I respect them as they understand the difference between opinion and fact. They are not swayed by popular opinion, dancing on the same old broken bandwagon.

        • RVP10

          April 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

          I’m fine Mogooner, just don’t understand how a simple post supporting one of our most exciting youngsters, and calling for him to be given more game time could have upset you so much. As you can see by some of the other comments, there are many who understood the tone of the article fine and took it for what it was.

          Just to recap and make things clear for you. I was simply paying tribute to one of my favorite Arsenal youngsters, questioned why Wenger has decided to hold him back in recent weeks, also questioned his decision to play Ramsey (another player who i have a lot of time for) out of position on the left, and showed a video montage of the Oxe’s best bits.

          “Had YOU been a fan rather than a follower, you’d know that Arsene Wenger has gone on record to say that he thinks AOC SHOULD go to the Euros so you’re ‘I think Wenger is scared of AOC going to the Euros’ comment is redundant.”

          I know very well that Arsene said he’d back him to go to the Euros. But do you believe everything Wenger says to the press?! If you do, more fool you.

          Dont worry, i am certainly a supporter. Hence why i spend so much of my free time writing about the club i love, for nothing. You seem to simply spend your time picking holes in other people’s work.

          Cheers

  2. And_Arsene_Said

    April 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Well said Mogooner.

  3. eagleman

    April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    wts up with u lot RVP10’s right. all he said was ‘Just in case the boss has forgotten what Chambo is capable of, here’s a video montage of some of his best bits’ and that was a joke. Other than that all he did was rightly criticise the mad decision that was made with ramsey and make a tribute to the OX. COYG

    • RVP10

      April 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks eagleman! That’s exactly how the article was meant to come across. Was just a lighthearted post meant as a tribute to the Oxe and jokingly suggested Arsene takes a look, and to play the kid more.

      Obviously some people are easily offended. Or simply misunderstood my intentions. Either way, i can’t wait to see AOC develop. Big year for him next season i feel.

  4. Timewasting C***

    April 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    LOL, I think we all know how good he is. But I also think Le Boss understands about pushing these guys to far out in to the limelight, only for some pi** poor excuse of a plastic gooner to slag them off after they have had a bad patch.. Theo Walcott anyone??

    • RVP10

      April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      This is very true, but nobody is saying AOC should be playing every game. 89 minutes in four games is nowhere near enough though is it? There is protecting a player, and there is holding him back. And we also have to think about it affects on the team and results. AOC is a better left winger than Ramsey, so should be played ahead of him in that position. We need results.

      Also, how about protecting Ramsey? He’s 21 and Wenger is risking damaging him by playing him out of position, isn’t he? Fans are getting right on Rambo’s back, and things will only get worse if he’s played out of position.

      • Ross

        April 4, 2012 at 6:07 am

        He’s only played him on the left three or four times really. Ramsey is a hard worker and in the games he’s been put on the left maybe Wenger has tried to utilise his workrate as another way of stifling the oppositions midfield and asserting our dominance through passing; didn’t work in the weekend but did against Everton.

        AOC will get his time. I’m with you and want him to play more, but it’ll come – kid’s only 18. Plus, the last thing we want is for him to be Shawcrossed or Taylored. I’m still pissed about those injuries and if it happened to AOC, I just couldn’t take it.

  5. trugooner21

    April 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Ox is the man! I would start him before Gervinho or Ramsey any day. Just sayin!

  6. Dace

    April 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I totally agree w u. Wenger n ramsey 1st out

    • Dillon

      April 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      The reason Wenger isn’t playing Oxlade Chamberlain too much is because he’s only 18. It’s crucial for his development that he isn’t overplayed because with the intensity of the Premier League young players get injured. It takes time for bones to develop the required density and muscles to be able to cope with the strain. Wilshere played over 40 games last season and look what happened. Do we want a repeat?

      Wenger is a genius when it comes to training youngsters look at his track record. He knows what he’s doing.

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