Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has declared that he is “chomping at the bit” to help Arsenal to return to winning ways and enjoy success this season.
The flying winger’s opportunities have been restricted so far this season, but after a promising offering from the subs bench against Dortmund in midweek he is ready to shine should he be given an extended run in the side.
The 21-year-old proved a threat with his pace and power in the closing stages against Dortmund, and he will hope that the outing will propel him into Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup.
Oxlade-Chamberlain could not prevent Arsenal from sliding to a 2-0 defeat in Germany, but he believes that he is fit and fresh enough to make a difference. The England international told Arsenal’s official website:
I feel good in myself and when I get told to play I will be chomping at the bit to help the team,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “It is up to the boss to decide when that is but I will be ready.
I have been [dealing with competition for places] for four years. I know what this game is all about. I am a young lad in a very good Arsenal squad and I understand that.
I want to play as much as I can but I have bought into the idea of what our team wants to do this season and that means it will need all of us to pull our weight to start games or come off the bench. We have to be 100 per cent focused for when our chances come.
Does the Ox deserve a place in Wenger’s 1st XI?
Wenger has the dilemma of having to fit half a dozen extremely talented players into a small part of his team, and at the moment Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of those who is missing out.
I believe that part of his problem is that he doesn’t know his best position yet, is it out wide, behind the forward or in the middle? Until he answers that question it will be difficult to nail down a regular starting place, and he may have to be content with appearances from the bench.
It is a long season though, and I have no doubt that he will feature prominently over the course of the year. Indeed his opportunity may come soon, with injuries starting to mount up and the likelihood that Wenger will seek to freshen up his team. Don’t be surprised if the Ox starts at the weekend!
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