Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vows to thrill Arsenal fans this season
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he will go all out to "excite" Arsenal fans as he gears up for second year at The Emirates
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he will go all out to “excite” Arsenal fans this season as he prepares for his second year in north London.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a hugely impressive debut campaign at The Emirates after joining the Gunners from Southampton last summer, making 26 appearances and netting four goals to earn himself a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012.
And the teenager, who will miss England’s friendly with Italy at Wembley on Wednesday due to an ankle injury picked up during Arsenal’s pre-season game against Cologne, says he has no plans of changing his fearless attitude this season.
“I like to take people on and be an exciting player, that is just my game,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
“People expect you to be exciting all the time but sometimes you just have those matches where that side of the game is not coming off or you are working harder to defend for the team and keep it simple.
“Then some people might think ‘oh, he didn’t play well today’ because they are expecting you to take players on all the time.
“But everybody in the team has got massive expectations on them. Every time we step on to the pitch we are trying to do our best because we have a massive responsibility to try to get results.
“I wouldn’t say you think about it too much because it is all part of your job and you have to deal with it. More than anything, I put that expectation upon myself.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award last term, is now focusing on continuing his development and helping Arsene Wenger’s men challenge for silverware.
“It’s been a brilliant start to my Arsenal career, but it is only a tiny section of it and I hope to improve massively on what I have done to keep getting better and better if possible,” he continued.
“I believe you get your main qualities when you are younger. But just coming to a club like Arsenal and training with the players I am training with makes you more mature as a player.
“I have always had confidence in my own ability but I have to keep my feet on the ground. I am quite a fast learner and I look at people and what they do. Then I put that into my own game, with my own spin on it.
“If I keep learning like that then hopefully I will keep progressing and improving as a player. I think maturity has been the main thing I have improved on and that has just come with the experience of being in and around a football club.”
Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Sunderland on Saturday.