Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would welcome Arsenal contract talks
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he would welcome the prospect of opening discussions with Arsenal over a new deal
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he would be delighted to discuss the possibility of signing a contract extension at Arsenal after an impressive first year at The Emirates.
The 19-year-old, who joined the Gunners in a £12m deal from Southampton last summer, produced a number of eye-catching displays for the north Londoners as he made 26 appearances, netting four goals and notching up three assists.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European championship, where he made he first senior start for the Three Lions in the group game against France.
And although the Arsenal winger says he has not put too much thought into the prospect of extending his current Gunners deal, Oxlade-Chamberlain would be happy to open talks about a new contract at The Emirates.
“I haven’t given it too much thought, but if Arsenal want to sit down and talk about that, that’s really good because I’m really enjoying my time at Arsenal,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told a news conference on Tuesday.
“I’m planning on being there for a while, but right now I’m focusing on playing for England. Then, when I get back I’ll be focusing on getting in the Arsenal team again.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was speaking to the media ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday, admits he is relishing the chance to stake his claim for a regular spot in Hodgson’s side ahead of the 2016 World Cup in Brazil.
“We approach every game in the same way whether it is Brazil or Moldova,” he added. “We will be looking to win. I know it’s going to be tough, it’s the international stage. I’m looking forward to it and if I get the shout to play I’ll be ready.
“You can never rest on your laurels. I have to keep working hard at Arsenal and getting into these squads. Being at Euro 2012 inspired me. There is a responsibility on everyone but I think there are goals all over the team.
“I don’t think there is too much pressure on one individual position.”