Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain braced for ‘tough’ top-four battle
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain warns Arsenal must not get carried away after their victory at Swansea boosted their top-four hopes
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has warned Arsenal that they must not get carried away after victory at Swansea boosted their hopes of a top-four finish.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho gave the Gunners a 2-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s men closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to two points.
Arsenal have nine games to make it back into the top four and secure Champions League football for the 16th consecutive season.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who returned to Arsenal’s starting line-up in south Wales, says the north Londoners must focus on getting results and ignore other teams’ results for now.
“It is going to be tough,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s website. “We just have to stick to what we know.
“There are a lot of teams around us who we can’t control. We can only control ourselves and we’ll see what happens at the end.”
The 19-year-old added: “Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results. It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it.
“The Swansea result is a good start. But we can’t look back, we have to look forward at what we can achieve. That will be important for the run-in. So it is a matter of taking it step-by-step.
“We knew it would be a hard game. But we had to take everything from Wednesday’s win at Bayern and use it in this game.
“We have always had belief in ourselves. Obviously there have been some hard patches. But wins like the one at Swansea affect the confidence in a positive way. We have to take that into the next game and look for three points again.”
Arsenal host strugglers Reading in the Premier League on 30 March after the international break.