By Chris Harris

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's attitude will hold him in good stead for the future, according to Arsène Wenger.

The 18-year-old has made a big splash since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Southampton in the summer, scoring on his first two starts for the Club against Shrewsbury Town and Olympiacos.

A hat-trick for England Under-21 enhanced Oxlade-Chamberlain's repution even further and he has even been tipped for a late run into Fabio Capello's England squad for Euro 2012.

Wenger will not rush the young midfielder into regular first-team action at Arsenal but he believes Oxlade-Chamberlain's positive approach to football - and to life - is a major plus.

"That is one of his strengths," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"Alex has talent mixed with a relaxed, positive attitude. I like that in him, he is a positive boy and I think he will be loved by people because he has that up-front attitude. That shows that he deals well with the pressure.

"I am not surprised how well he has done because I had very good reports about him at Southampton so I expected him to adapt quickly. He is now getting to a level where we want him to be and he has an opportunity now to show again that he wants to compete for a place as a regular starter.

"He needs to add urgency to his game in the final third, on the defensive side and winning the duels against men. The Premier League becomes tougher, you have seen that again against Stoke. You need that capability to go from youth-team football or lower-level football to be a top-level athlete in the Premier League.

There is already plenty of hype surrounding Oxlade-Chamberlain but Wenger believes the teenager is at the right club to deal with that.

"We have to leave him alone because in England sometimes there is a big impatience about upcoming young players," said the Frenchman. "I believe that he has a very good example in front of him because Theo Walcott did very well with that.

"Theo is a good example to copy because he was confronted with fame very early in his career - Jack Wilshere as well - and both of them I think are good examples for Oxlade-Chamberlain."

The full interview with the boss is now available on Arsenal Player.

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24 Oct 2011