By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is very happy with the progress of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and has first-team plans for the 18-year-old.

The England Under-21 international has made a big impression since his move from Southampton last summer, scoring on his first two starts at Emirates Stadium in the Carling Cup and the Champions League.

Oxlade-Chamberlain got another run-out in Monday's FA Cup win over Leeds United and Wenger intends to utilise him more as the season unfolds.

"He is very close now and he will be used in the next six months for sure," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "He is working on [his defensive side], his urgency and his committed level as well.

"When you are a young, talented player you have to experience that talent is good, but that commitment at the top level is highly needed too. He is an intelligent boy, he understands that, and I am very happy with him. I am confident that in the next few weeks he will play."

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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13 Jan 2012