By Joe Brewin

Wojciech Szczesny believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the talent for the top flight - when Arsène Wenger decides his time has come.

The goalkeeper only broke into Arsenal’s first team at the tail end of 2010 and has gone on to hold down the No 1 spot ever since.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is the latest youngster to stake his claim for a Premier League chance and Szczesny says patience is of the essence.

“If the boss thinks somebody is not ready and wants to wait a couple of months to make sure he is ready to take his chance then I am sure he is right,” the keeper told Arsenal Player.

“I'm a big fan of Alex. He is very unpredictable with what he does on the pitch, he is very direct, he can get past people and he has a good cross on him.

“I like him a lot. I think he is ready but it's the manager's decision and he knows what he is doing. You've seen it over the years with the examples of myself and Jack Wilshere.”

Manchester United are the next visitors to Emirates Stadium on Sunday and that will bring back good and bad memories for Szczesny. He made his debut at Old Trafford – and was then part of the side that lost 8-2 last summer.

“It was a special moment for me making my debut, especially considering I did not expect it to happen at all,” he said. “I found out the day before the game so I had to prepare very quickly. I enjoyed the occasion and it's a special occasion for me.

“Obviously I want to make up for what happened at Old Trafford last time around as well so I am very excited about the game.”

Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player now.

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20 Jan 2012