Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Set For an England Call-Up and More on King Thierry Henry

A star in the making

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been riding on a high following his string of impressive performances and he has impressed his manager, his team mates and most importantly, the fans.

The youngster was signed in the summer but the manager introduced him slowly into first team action and used the Carling Cup as a breeding ground for the Ox, as he’s passionately called. Alex hit the ground running with a stunning effort against Shrewsbury Town before putting up stellar performances against Bolton and Manchester City.

He also scored a well-taken goal in his Champions League debut against Olympiakos but he had to wait a while to make his mark in the Premier League. He didn’t have much time to make an impact against Swansea but his withdrawal for Andrey Arshavin in the match against Manchester United caused an uprising amongst the same fans that criticized the manager for signing a relatively unknown youngster for £12m.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance against Blackburn certainly caught the eye and reports are emanating that he has impressed Fabio Capello enough to be selected in the squad that will face the Netherlands on the 29th of February, 2012.   The Ox is a versatile winger that’s adept on both flanks but he has been operating from the left when playing alongside fellow speed merchant Theo Walcott.

England’s pre-dominant left wingers Stewart Downing and Ashley Young have struggled for form and fitness this season so the Ox should be in line to stake a claim for a starting berth in the Three Lions with half an eye on the European Championships coming up this summer.

The Gunners came into the party when Arsenal ran riot against Blackburn but King Thierry Henry had the icing on the cake from a deflected effort following a Robin van Persie pass. Arsenal’s captain had sealed a magnificent hat-trick but he chose to feed Henry instead of going for a killer fourth. Van Persie has revealed that he wanted Henry to score:

“It was great because I wanted him to score. He scored a fantastic goal in the FA Cup but I wanted him to score in the Premier League as well. Every single touch I had I was looking for him. I wanted to play him in.”

“And with the last kick of the match, it just happened. The only thing on my mind was passing to Thierry. I wanted him to score and he did.” 

Robin van Persie’s hat-trick was enough for him to displace the great Dennis Bergkamp in the Arsenal all-time top scorer’s list but Thierry Henry just increased his Arsenal tally to 228 goals, which is almost two times van Persie’s current tally for Arsenal with stands at 123 goals.

Henry was initially scheduled to spend just six weeks at Arsenal with his final game being the Champions League fixture against AC Milan next week Wednesday. Arsene Wenger is gearing up talks with his current employers New York Red Bulls over an extension that would see him stay at the club till the end of the month.

Henry’s presence at the club has been a big plus since his arrival on and off the pitch and it’s also believed that he has been the secret behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s blistering form in recent weeks.

In other Arsenal related news, Arsenal is planning to tour the Far East this summer before coming over to Nigeria. The media Vultures have also reported that the club is interested in Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira and there are plans to sign Schalke 04’s Jefferson Farfan on a free transfer next season.


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Posted on February 8, 2012, in Arsenal, Premier League, Transfer Gossip and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I wish henry will stay longer. Anf farfar isn’t a bad idea on a free transfer, I wouldn’t mind some of bendtner’s wages diverted to him.

    • Yeah. He’s a good winger that could come good. Let’s hope we don’t have another Chamakh in our hands…
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  3. Sheikh Socrates

    To be strictly frank, henry is just making up the number. He doesnt fight for any ball, has lost ball control and even stamina, talk less of pace. He has got only one positioning and shot ryt, n dats against leeds. I hate to be a critic but i expectd park to be introduced at 2nd half at blackburn. D signing of henry has damped park. I wonder wen he will play. Henry shud jst go MLS and stop alowing pple to expect much from him. I feel for park, a captain of his country. I even wish bendter wz back. I really dont want him to go.

    For the ox, thank goodness wenger s playing him, if nt he wud jst be a reserve champ. Let wenger give same chance to park, eisfeld, ryo (if only he wz around)

    hey, where is jay simpson?

    • I can’t deny what you’ve said about King Henry. He’s a legend no doubt but his presence has further dented Park’s chances of starting.

      Park has said that he’ll soon be leaving and its painful to see how things turned out
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  4. Chairman Gallant

    The OX is the new thing.He has got everything a top footballer has- speed,skill,perfect ball control,great vision etc,etc.That guy will dominate England and even Europe for many years to come.For a change AW has signed a real gem,unlike Chamach,Squillachi,Arshavin and many other dead woods.
    As for king Henry,please AW should not extend his stay.He has already paid his dues long before now for Arsenal FC. He longer has the speed nor the stamina to face the rigors of the premier league.

    • I agree with you on the Ox. Henry has certainly paid his dues but Wenger chooses to stay with him some more.

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  5. At this time it looks like Movable Type is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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