By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes the next three months are crucial for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Euro 2012 hopes.

The young forward has been touted as a possibility for Fabio Capello’s England squad despite only making his full Premier League debut last weekend against Manchester United.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 set-up this season and Wenger says only time will tell is he is ready for a bigger stage. 

“The next three months will tell you that [if he is ready],” said the Frenchman. “We live in a world of immediacy.

“I would not have expected him to be so mature in September because he still looked like a boy. Now suddenly he looks like he can take pressure and that he has the personality to produce under pressure.

“But he has only really played one game at the top so let's see how well he does. I do not want to rule it out because it should not be that you cannot play because you are 18 years old. But I do not want to say after one game that he absolutely has to go [to Euro 2012].

“At 17 Walcott went to the World Cup but he did not play. But Theo had not played in the Premier League when he went to the World Cup so it would not be the same.”

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28 Jan 2012