Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for a defining season next term and has revealed the goals he has set himself ahead of the new campaign, he told the Premier League’s Facebook page.
It seems as though each season is built as the one which will see Oxlade-Chamberlain explode into life, but the 21-year-old is preparing for his fifth season with us and has yet to reach his full potential.
Injuries have definitely played a part though the former Saints academy star also needs a shift in mentality if he’s to assume responsibility and convince Arsene Wenger he’s ready to start on a consistent basis.
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“It will be nice to stay clear of injury this year, give me as much chance to have the best possible season as I can,” Oxlade-Chamberlain stated when asked what his goals were.
“Obviously I want to play as many games as possible, score more goals this year and get more assists. It’s as simple as that really.”
It was a season of two halves for The Ox last term after he appeared in most of our fixtures alongside Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez during the first few months of the campaign.
However, groin and hamstring problems troubled him following the turn of the year and he only appeared in two league games since February.
No longer considered a youngster, Oxlade-Chamberlain must repay the faith Wenger showed in him when spending a considerable fee to bring him in as a 17-year-old.