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'He is playing with freedom and power'

We blew away West Ham United with a late flurry of goals at the London Stadium on Saturday, and Arsène Wenger was particularly fulsome in his praise for one of his forwards.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a wonderful fourth goal, and was full of guile and creativity throughout. The England man has already reached six goals the season – more than in his previous two campaigns combined, and Wenger is delighted with his progress.

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"He has made a lot of progress this season,” the manager said. “He plays with a freedom and power. When he wins the ball in your half he has that power to get you out. I hope that continues for him.”

The result made it 13 games unbeaten in the league, and we are now top scorers in the Premier League with 33 goals, but Wenger believes there is more to come up front.

"We can do better, there is still room for improvement,” he said. “Certainly our percentage of chances converted was not the best. It is not in line with what we have done since the start of the season. Mainly in the second half.

"Ideally you want to kill teams off earlier. But I must say though that since the start of the season, the quality of our finishing compared to the chances we have created is quite good. Certainly much better than last year. We miss only 20 per cent of our chances this year."

 

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