Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenalwill respond to wake-up call
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Gunners have learned from shock West Ham defeat
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Arsenal are ready to respond to their wake-up call against West Ham ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
The north London side, who have been widely tipped to launch a sustained Premier League title challenge this season, lost 2-0 to the Hammers at The Emirates.
Their surprise defeat means Arsene Wenger’s side already have ground to make up on title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Chelsea.
And England international Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident Arsenal won’t slip-up against the Eagles at Selhurst Park in Sunday’s early kick-off.
“The first game of the season at home, the way we have been playing, we felt we could go out there and get off to a good start – so it was a shock to the system, no doubt,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports. “But it was an early wake-up call.
“The dressing room was very down after the game and we almost had to go around after half an hour of dead silence to pick ourselves up.
“I think we’ve shown over the past few seasons that we’ve got what it takes to go all the way. The key is that is has only been in parts. As a squad, we have to be more consistent because at the end of the day, half a season doesn’t win you the league.
“The manager was very disappointed like we all were. He highlighted the positives from the game though, I think it’s always important.
“There were some good points about the game and he highlighted the areas we need to work on.”
Arsenal impressed during pre-season after Wenger’s side won three trophies, including the Community Shield.
The Gunners manager signed 33-year-old Petr Cech in an £11m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea earlier in the summer transfer window.
Oxlade-Chamberlain endured an injury-hit 2014/15 season which limited the midfielder to one goal in 23 Premier League appearances last season.