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Tired of being tagged ‘the new Theo’

PRAISED: Oxlade-Chambelain

AFTER IMPRESSING during Arsenal’s recent 1-0 Carling Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he wants to be known as more than ‘just the next Theo Walcott’.

Comparisons between Oxlade-Chamberlain and his Arsenal team-mate, and fellow Southampton Academy graduate, are somewhat inevitable. However, the 18-year-old, who joined the north London side for £15 millon in the summer, was quick to play down their similarities:
“It is an easy comparison to make,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“We are, though, completely different players. Theo is more of a winger or a striker, whereas I have always grown up as an attacking midfielder, who has later gone out wide.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain also praised his manager Arsene Wenger and dismissed suggestions that he made the wrong decision in picking Arsenal over current Premier League leaders Man City: “I would not have changed anything for the world. I trust the boss to progress me in the best way. He is a top man, very intelligent and I will work with him as much as he will work with me.”


England came calling for Walcott at the age of 17 and he was a shock inclusion in the 2006 World Cup squad. So far Oxlade-Chamberlain has made seven appearances for the under-21s, scoring on three occasions, and he responded to suggestions that Fabio Capello is set to promote him to the senior squad in time for Euro 2012.

“If people are saying that, it is quite flattering to know you are being considered.”

However, for now the winger’s priorities lie with Arsenal, where he hopes to build on his performance against Man City and break into the first-team. So far he has made just one Premier League substitute appearance.

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