Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was pleased with his performance against Crystal Palace and relished the chance to get on the scoresheet.
The 20-year-old has missed much of this season through a knee injury sustained during the opening Premier League fixture, but has impressed since returning to the first team fold this month.
The Ox started against Coventry in centre midfield and performed well despite being short of match practice and fitness. He was given another chance on the weekend and performed admirably against Crystal Palace netting both goals of the game.
Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he enjoyed the faith Wenger had in him to start alongside Mikel Arteta, and was happy to repay the Arsenal boss and fans with his brace.
He told Arsenal’s official website:
To play in midfield was nice. It’s nice the boss has faith in me there. It’s nice playing in midfield with players like we have, when we have got a lot of the ball.
It’s always an amazing feeling to score a goal, especially at a superb stadium like the Emirates. I’m glad to give something back to the fans. It’s something that I want to add to my game more so it was nice to get two today.
It was a tough game against Palace, they made it hard for us in the first half. But in the second half we knew that if we kept the tempo up and kept wearing them down that maybe we could get more opportunities. and thankfully we did.
With the Gunners struggling with injuries not to mention Flamini’s suspension, The Ox’s contributions are welcomed especially with a tough fixture list on the horizon.
His all round performance against Palace was very encouraging and bodes well for his regular inclusion into the starting lineup. Whether this will be central or not depends, but unless Wilshere returns to full fitness it appears the young Ox should get another opportunity to start against Liverpool.