Arsene Wenger: Miyaichi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frimpong and Coquelin will all start tonight
Written by Jeffrey on September 20, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that he will use a combination of youth and experience when the Gunners host Shrewsbury Town tonight at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to the Club’s official website on Monday, the Arsenal boss explained that 18-year olds Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start with the manager adding that the Englishman is an exciting prospect and a great talent who will this season show that he is quality and deserved to be an Arsenal player.
Asked about how similar to Theo Walcott the player is, Wenger confirmed that the two are “quite similar” but also that the youngster is more suited for a central midfielder position with Walcott set to be soon adopted in a central striker role.
Arsenal desperately need to win tonight’s game after suffering a shock 4-3 defeat away from home on Saturday against Blackburn, a result that saw them fall 14 points from the top of the English Premier League table.
Ahead of today’s game, Wenger said:
[Today?] I will be faithful to our policy but I will try to find a good mixture between youth and experience.
We will have Frimpong, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo, and maybe one or two more. You should be excited about Oxlade-Chamberlain because he is a great talent. My target is to develop him so he confirms the expectation I have for him.
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott] are quite similar types of players but Walcott is a bit more a striker and Oxlade-Chamberlain is more a midfielder.
[Oxlade-Chamberlain] likes more to be in the build-up of things and Walcott is more a guy who makes intelligent runs.
So they are not that similar as players but they have some similarities physically already. They look the same size, the same type of player.
But I believe that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a central midfielder one day and Walcott a central striker one day. That shows the difference between the two players. I don’t know [if the comparisons are fair] but you can’t stop that.