Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has seen a change in attitude from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after losing his regular first-team spot.
The England international was on target twice for the Gunners in their 2-0 EFL Cup victory against Reading, which saw Arsenal book their place in the quarter-finals.
“His concentration is sharper, he is more determined and he has worked very hard in training,” Wenger told reporters. “That is now showing on the pitch.”
Wenger also hailed the return of Carl Jenkinson after two years out on loan and also singled out other young players who seized their opportunity to impress.
“It’s fantastic to see Carl back,” the Frenchman added. “He did well and had no fitness problems at all, which shows that he prepared well.
“I felt Rob [Holding] did well, Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] played some nice passes and Jeff [Reine-Adelaide] had a good game, too.”