Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his sides fighting desire and togetherness attributed to Arsenal’s resurgence at Reading on Monday Night.
The England international produced an all action display against the bottom placed Premier League side, producing a few venomous strikes and worked the Royal’s defence throughout the match, with the Gunners coming out 5-2 winners.
The 19-year-old believes they can continue to improve and fight their way up the table as the teams attitude is positive and they will continue to stick together ahead of the busy festive season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has come under some criticism this season but he was back to his best during the 5-2 win at the Madejski Stadium, and is setting his own standards high as he aims to get on the scoresheet more often.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player:
We’ve stuck together in this hard time and we’re still sticking together to make sure we get out of this.
It’s always nice to get results because at the end of the day, that’s what you need. If you’re not getting the results, people will ask questions – as they have been doing. We’ve been really united in this hard spell and the boss has been keeping us together and trusting in what we do.
It was important for us to come here tonight and get the result. We’ve done that and now we know we’ve got a hard game coming up again [at Wigan] so we need to prepare for that one and make sure we get the right result again.
We know the games come thick and fast [over] the Christmas period. It’s a really important period for everyone in the Premier League and if you can string together a good number of results and get points on the table, then it stands you in good stead for the run-in to the end of the season.
I want to be getting more goals and more assists, so I’m always beating myself up when like tonight, I don’t. As long as the boys are winning, that’s the main thing.
I’ll keep plugging away and keep trying to do the right things on and off the ball. I know it’s important [to work hard] for my full back. Whenever I get the chance to play, I can guarantee I’m always going to give 100 per cent and I’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet a bit more as well.
I’m never happy with myself. I know I’ve got quite a good shot so when an opportunity comes about and I don’t make the keeper work, I’m not a happy boy. I think that’s the best way to get the best out of me. I’m always hard on myself and push myself to do more.
I’m sure the fans are doing that to me as well, as I’m finding out. I’m just going to keep plugging away and keep working hard in games and in training.
The winger certainly looked more lively after several lackluster performances which may well have been from the hectic summer. He has had a little rest of late but was in electric form against Reading producing some stinging efforts. His composure in front of goal is certainly one of his strengths and goals will soon come flowing once he can get his eye in.
Arsenal’s response to the Bradford City cup exit was exactly what the doctor ordered, with a win against Wigan this weekend they will move (temporarily) above the Spuds into the top four, so now is the time to string together a series of wins and work their way up the ladder.
After his impressive performance Oxlade-Chamberlain should remain in the starting lineup, especially if Walcott is preferred up front after his successful outing as the lone striker. When Theo has played on the wings this season he has always looked to cut in and play more centrally, however his compatriot Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to use the width which helps create more space for others. The balance worked well with Podolski, Chambo and Walcott as the spearhead to Arsenal’s attack. The trio, especially the inclusion of Walcott up front, forced the midfield to play the ball around and to feet rather than relying on Giroud’s height and aerial ability which had started to become apparent in recent fixtures. The Christmas period is looking positive for the Gunners.