Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stop being so critical of himself, suggesting he needs to play with more freedom.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started only two of Arsenal’s six Premier League games this season but is expected to be recalled for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup tie at Tottenham.
“It is a massive season for Alex,” Wenger said of the 22-year-old on Arsenal Player.
“He is at the age now where he is also getting picked regularly for the national team.
“It is a very important season because of the nature he is growing.
“You feel the evolution has a sense of responsibility.
“I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must believe more in himself. He must believe more in his talent and that will help him develop as a player.
“I think sometimes he is too critical of himself. I would like him to play with the freedom and express the desire of his talent.”