An artist's rendition of the banned photoshoot (Getty/Disney)
Since moving to Arsenal and demonstrating the fact that he's pretty darn good at football, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has become hot property in the advertising world. He's already hawked the wares of Nike and French car manufacturer Citroen, and the good folks at Disney were planning to use him in a photoshoot this week. That plan, however, has been vetoed by a concerned Arsene Wenger. Says The Mirror:
The Gunners boss put his foot down because the shoot, proposed for this week, was too close to Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham.
While it's fair for Wenger to want to limit distractions for the 18 year old, this news surely raises a baffling question: why on earth would Disney want to take pictures of The Ox? Is he going to be on Pinocchio's float at the Magic Kingdom parade? Has he scored a lucrative leading role in the much-anticipated sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2?
DT can only conclude that he has been cast as the eighth dwarf. And that he'll be called 'Kicky', or something equally lame.
- Arsene Wenger