Arsene Wenger is certain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hard work on the pitch is starting to pay off after he netted a brace in the EFL cup against Reading.
The English winger was the lone scorer in the 2-0 win over the League One club, sending Arsenal to the quarterfinals of a competition Wenger is yet to win.
And speaking after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inspired performance, the Arsenal boss hailed his player’s attitude.
“His concentration is sharper, he is more determined and he has worked very hard in training,” he told reporters. “That is now showing on the pitch.”
Wenger also had praise for the other stars of an experimental side, with Carl Jenkinson – returning to the team after two years out on loan – among them.
“It’s fantastic to see Carl back,” the Frenchman added. “He did well and had no fitness problems at all, which shows that he prepared well.
“I felt Rob [Holding] did well, Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] played some nice passes and Jeff [Reine-Adelaide] had a good game, too.”