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The Lessons We Need To Learn From Jack

The emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been one of the bright points of an otherwise disappointing season to date.

The last few weeks has been a delight to watch this young man showing such deft touches, blistering pace and wisdom beyond his years, but we have to be careful.

It wasn`t long ago that Tim Stillman wrote an article discussing the need to be watchful of The Ox, careful not to build him up only to knock him down a few months later (rather surprisingly Alan Shearer offered the same sentiment on MOTD on Saturday night), the need to protect his psychology early in his career is extremely important.

There is, of course, another reason to make sure Alex is ever so slightly wrapped in cotton wool and used as a starter maybe not as often as we`d like, and to highlight this reason we need not look any further than Jack Wilshere.

When Jack came to the forefront at Arsenal there was massive excitement, and rightly so, in Jack Wilshere we have one of the brightest prospects in English football, and we all wanted to see him playing every week. In an age where loyalty in football has almost ceased to exist, Jack`s passion for Arsenal and his astronomic work-ethic on the pitch made him an instant hit.

Wilshere played a hell of a lot of football in his early days, and he`s paying for it now with almost a full season out of action, and whilst resting him for 10 or 12 games last season might have felt like a big loss at the time, it`s nothing compared to the 50 or so games he`s going to miss this season.

So while we want our best players on the pitch all the time, we have to be prepared for Mr Wenger to give Alex a break from time to time. The need to find a balance between form and rest is huge. It might be hard to comprehend the boss "dropping" him even when he`s in full swing, but it`s better we miss him for a couple of games than a whole season.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 6 2012

Time: 10:41AM

Your Comments

Seems as though the boss is in agreement to. No sooner had I finished this I see his quotes about taking care of The Ox.
Rocky7
Yup and I put a similar sentiment in my match report :)
Little Dutch
Yeah but all the knowitalls, were yelling because he was subbed in the previous game. I'm sure they would have done the same(and in some quarters were moaning because he was not left on the field to get a hat trick) but for Henry coming on. Even seen comments that the Boss has not developed a star they were all stars before he got them. Never mind it will all come out in the wash. Top write-up Tim. What a side it will be with Wilshire, Ox, Theo,Ramsay,Gibbs,Frimp(hope he gets good news)Coquelin, Yenaris to name but a few. note thats not including TV,Szczesny,Koscienlny,Song, RVP. What a side we will have. (To think some clowns want to get rid of The Boss, must have rocks in their heads).
alwaysgunner
ag, there have been attempts to take away the credit from Wenger for the development of his players, Wilshere being the latest case. How many times have we seen it emphasized by the media and other contributors that it was during Jack's stint on loan at Bolton he developed into the player he is? Like the Manager didn't have to make that decision, having seen the potential in him. I am all for allowing the manager make the calls on young Alex (though, I still disagree he needed to be taken off against United) and trust him to do only what is beneficial to the lad and the team. Hopefully, the boy is patient and willing to learn from the Wilshere situation.
Naijagunner
Everyone is talking about the lad now; next thing you know, he is on the Plane with the England squad to the Euros and then the expectations will start, putting the lad under unnecessary pressure to deliver. Exactly as it happened with Theo when Sven took him on the party to the WC, yet didn't play him and fans were just waiting to see the boy wonder which, Alas!, Theo is not. Of course, there is also the risk of burn-out and injuries which the club will 'pay' for.
Naijagunner
 

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