Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists nerves aren’t a problem
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he hasn't been fazed by playing in some of Arsenal's biggest games this season
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted that nerves have never been an issue this season despite Arsenal’s teenage star featuring in daunting games against AC Milan and Manchester United.
The 18-year-old joined Arsenal from Southampton in a £12m deal last August, and Arsene Wenger has been unafraid to start Oxlade-Chamberlain in some of the Gunners’ biggest games.
“I’ve played so many games of football now and even though it is at a higher level, at the end of the day football is football. You are just playing with better players,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website.
“As soon as you feel comfortable and confident you just carry on as normal. I felt comfortable in the Manchester United game because I thought we came out in the second half and played really well.
“Playing in a team like Arsenal helps massively having all of these players around you giving you advice. When they are playing well, you feel comfortable and it helps you to play well too.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted coping with the demands of top flight football has been made easier by learning from Arsenal’s experienced squad members.
“I can learn from all of them. I look at Theo, Gervinho and Robin as the three main attacking players and more recently I have been watching Tomas Rosicky because he’s been outstanding,” he added.
“Robin has taken most of the headlines and rightfully so with all of his fantastic goals but quietly I think Tomas has been playing absolutely amazing.
“I started my career as a central midfielder and the way that he gets the ball in midfield, turns and runs at people just makes things happen.”