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Oxlade can succeed by copying Walcott says Arsenal's Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to quickly adapt to life at his new club after making a summer move from Southampton.

The 18-year old is expected to start in tonight's Carling Cup clash against Bolton and Wenger feels he will soon be pushing for a regular first team spot, especially if he follows the path taken by fellow former Saints winger Theo Walcott.

"I had good reports about him at Southampton, so I expected him to adapt quickly," he told Arsenal Player.

"He is getting now to a level where we want him to be and he has a good opportunity to show again that he wants to compete for a place as a regular starter."

He added: "I believe that he has a good example in front of him because Theo Walcott dealt very well with that [moving to the Premier League], and he's a good example to copy because Theo was confronted very early in his career, Jack Wilshere as well was confronted with some very early fame, and both of them I think are good examples for Chamberlain."

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