Oxlade-Chamberlain, alongside Alexis Sanchez and Per Mertesacker, was ever-present for us during the first few months of last season, but injuries curtailed his campaign.
With an extended break and a solid pre-season under his belt, the former Saints academy graduate is looking to finally mature into an elite forward.
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“I’ve seen every year as a big one for me and this is no different,” Chamberlain told reporters after Wednesday’s 4-0 win against Singapore Select XI.
“First and foremost, you have to do everything you can to stay fit, so I’m working on that.
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“Then you never know what can happen in football. You’ve got to be positive and take any opportunities you get.”
Like Theo Walcott a few years ago, it’s essential for Oxlade-Chamberlain to refuse to accept a bit-part role and instead aim to make a difference in the first team.
Despite having all the physical attributes defenders in the Premier League wouldn’t enjoy playing against, his goal record needs to improve.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored 3 goals in all competitions last season, a disappointing return in an attacking team such as ours.
With Alexis Sanchez set to miss the start of the season due to his Copa America excursions (via BBC Sport), the time may have arrived for ‘The Ox’ to shine.