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Published: 14:35 | 1/8/16

Wenger: Oxlade-Chamberlain 'has it all'


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is "getting better in every game" as he continues his recovery from the knee injury that kept him out of Euro 2016.

The England midfielder, who suffered the injury in Arsenal's 2-0 home Champions League defeat to Barcelona on 23 February, scored in the 3-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara in the final match of the Gunners' USA pre-season tour on Sunday.

"This is a very important season for Alex," Wenger told Arsenal's official club website.

"He was out for a very long time, I'm cautious with him at the moment but he's getting better in every game and that's good to see."

Oxlade-Chamberlain was just 16 when he made his first-team debut for Southampton, and went on to win his first England at the age of 18, but the 22-year-old's progress has stalled in the last couple of seasons following groin, hamstring and knee injuries.

Wenger says he is determined to get the best out of a player he signed for £12m from Southampton in August 2011 as a 17-year-old.

"Power and penetration - he has it all," said Wenger.

"That's why I would like him to get to the level he can go to.

"Maybe he doesn't completely believe himself how good he can be and that's the final step for him."

Arsenal end their pre-season tour with a match against Manchester City in Gothenburg on Sunday, with the Gunners starting their Premier League campaign against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on 14 August.

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