By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger admits he has high hopes for winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but will not overload him with Premier League action.

The 18-year-old made his Champions League debut against Olympiacos on Wednesday night, scoring the game’s opener to send the Gunners on their way to a 2-1 victory.

Wenger’s demonstration of faith was clear as he handed the youngster a place in his starting line-up, but the boss insists he won’t be impatient with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development.

“When you are ready for the Champions League you are ready for the Premier League,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “People want to make stars overnight in modern football but it is not like that.

“What is very positive for me is that he has shown he has the talent to be a very good future player but that he also still has things to work on.

“I have big hopes for him as well but I do not want to be impatient.”

The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player

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30 Sep 2011