Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the potential to become a "world-class" player.

The wideman has been impressive for the Gunners since joining from Southampton in 2011, having managed a total of 79 appearances for his side, scoring nine goals.

Wenger also expects him to play a pivotal role for Arsenal during this year's campaign, with the Champions League playoff against Besiktas tonight being a priority.

In fact Wenger, who has been an ardent admirer of the England international, is so confident about his abilities that he feels that the 21-year-old will be able to match the standards set by players like Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham in the near future.


"Beckham and Zidane played on the flanks and they turned out to be world-class players", Wenger was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"Alex can be the same."

The Gunners take on Turkish side Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League playoff tie tonight, after the first leg ended 0-0.

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