Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the weekends lackluster 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, and claimed that there must be an air of patience around the 19-year-old prodigy as he will become a great player.
The England winger started the match after positive performances against Montpellier and an exciting cameo against Spurs the week before, however he was substituted 13 minutes from time to be replaced by Andrei Arshavin despite showing his promising attacking prowess.
Wenger said in response to the crowd’s negative chanting during AOC’s substitution:
I have managed for 30 years, including 1,600 matches and 200 in the Champions League, so I must have been a bit lucky! Alex has not played a lot recently and lacks a bit but he was dangerous in patches.
He’s a very talented boy who I believe will be a great player. But he’s learning his job. He’s 19 and there will be ups and downs, so you need patience.
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