Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he wants to become more of a threat in front of goal after the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday.
The England international was impressive throughout the game and even scored the equaliser in the second half as he smashed the loose ball into the top corner.
The 21 year old, whose goal against the Spurs was his first of the season, says he is happy to get off the mark and also states that is keen to improve his game.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I’d like to [score more but] it’s easier said than done. I told my dad before the game that the law of average said I’d missed enough chances so surely it was time to score.
I’m really happy to get off the mark but I completely agree with you – it’s something I want to improve on.
- [Match Highlights] Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle – All The Highlights & Best Bits
- [Player Ratings] Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle – Ozil Wonder Goal Saves Boring, Boring Arsenal
- [Confirmed Lineups] Arsenal v Newcastle United – Wilshere & Lacazette Start In 4-2-3-1
It’s something I feel I have the potential to do better so I’ll be working on that but it’s important that I do my other role in the team too defensively and trying to create for others.
It’s nice to get a goal today and it’s contributed to a good point but I will be trying to get more.
Chamberlain was the best player in Saturday’s North London derby from start to finish for the Gunners. Even before his equaliser the Englishman was Arsenal’s most consistently threatening attacker and even came close to opening the scoring with a low, hard shot to the far corner in the 43rd minute.
He also combined well with Calum Chambers going forward and generally had Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose on the back-foot throughout the match. With 16 minutes remaining, he took advantage of Danny Welbeck’s miss to smash the ball into the back of the net and restore level terms.
He was prepared to hug the touchline, unlike so many of the centre-seeking creators Wenger has played out wide this season and his driving runs helped to keep the Spurs on the back foot. The Arsenal attack greatly profited from stretching the play and hopefully the youngster will continue this impressive form in the upcoming games.
Were you impressed with Chamberlain’s performance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.