Former coach of the England U20s Stuart Pearce says Alex Oxlade Chamberlain run of inconsistent display for Arsenal was caused by the emergence of Alex Iwobi.
Pearce while speaking on rumours linking Chamberlain with a move to Liverpool on SkySports Premier League Watch urged the forward to stay and fight for his spot in the team.
Chamberlain is the most substituted Arsenal player in the last 18 months, and while Pearce acknowledged the fact that he has all rights to be unhappy, he also believes that Iwobi’s emergence has not helped the English man.
” He (Chamberlain) is obviously talented, I want him to stay at Arsenal and develop further under the guidance of a world class manager in Arsene Wenger who knows his abilities”, Pierce said.
” You have to feel sorry for the young man as he has had fitness issues which has enabled the likes of Iwobi to move ahead of him in the pecking order at the club.
” His confidence took a big hit by the emergence of Iwobi who has broken into the first team during one of Chamberlain’s numerous battle to be fit. Now when he plays he is under pressure to reclaim his spot”.