Alex Oxelade-Chamberlain ready to ‘take his chance’ at Arsenal
Teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident he can deliver if called upon by Arsène Wenger in the coming weeks
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to seize his chance to impress for Arsenal if Arsène Wenger opts to use the teenager over the hectic winter schedule.
The 18-year-old sealed a £12m move to the Emirates from Southampton in August but has been limited to just one league appearance for the London club so far.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain is eager to impress Wenger if he is handed more first-team opportunities over the coming weeks, with a congested fixture list likely to force Arsenal to rotate their players over the next fortnight.
“I can’t say when I will play, I don’t know, that’s for the boss to say really,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website. “I’m just available if ever needed.
“There are a lot of games and maybe it is a time where players are going to be rested. It’s a lot of work for the body physically so if I am required then I’m ready. I’m looking forward to getting an opportunity and I will try and take my chance.
“Everyone that comes into the team knows what’s expected of them. At the end of the day we all train together at the same tempo and the same intensity so I think whoever steps into the team knows what’s expected of them from the fans, from the boss and from each other.”
Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday after the Gunners’ heightening injury crisis forced Wenger to use Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny in unfamiliar full-back roles.
And although Oxlade-Chamberlain admits the absence of Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson is a blow, he believes the squad can cope without the pair.
“I think it’s a handicap for any team when you’ve got four full backs out – two left backs and two right backs. It’s not ideal for any team but there are a lot of boys that can fill in,” he continued.
“You’ve seen Thomas Vermaelen and Ignasi Miquel both do really well. With Carl and Bacary out on the right, Johan’s filled in really well and obviously he’s picked up a little niggle now.
“But the boys have the quality to do that, everybody understands everybody else’s roles. If they don’t play week in, week out they still understand – everybody at Arsenal is a quality player.
“I’m sure the boss will find somebody good enough to do the job.”