By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the Arsenal squad and is “ready to play” if required against Bolton Wanderers this weekend.

The 18-year-old summer signing made an eye-catching full debut against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and is now in contention to make his first Premier League start on Saturday.

“He is in the squad tomorrow and he is ready to play [if selected],” revealed Wenger on Friday.

“With the ball, he’s ready. Off the ball he plays now like a young talented boy and he has to take responsibility in the senior team.

“That will demand two or three months and after he will be there.”

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