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‘Ox’s work will be rewarded like Theo’s’

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain v Southampton

Arsène Wenger is confident that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will soon see the rewards for his hard work on the training pitch.

It had been reported that the England international may look to leave Arsenal at the end of the season but Wenger was keen to put the story straight.

“He didn’t say that,” the boss explained. “He said he will consider the situation at the end of the season. That is completely different.

"I think his place is here. We like him. I personally rate him as a player"

“I can understand, but on the other hand, you buy a young player at 17 years of age, you spend a lot of money, then you would like him to stay at the club.

“I think his place is here. We like him. I personally rate him as a player and I hope that he will show that he can have a stable position in the team until the end of the season.

“This season he has been similar to Walcott. He has not got rewarded yet. But he is in a similar position because he has worked really hard.”

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