The young Englishman was part of the side that was knocked-out of the Carling Cup at the hands of Manchester City, but on the positive side was arguably the best player in the match.
Chamberlain said on the situation:
Is it best for me to be here? I think so. Since I’ve been here, the young boys get a lot of chances in the cups and it is a great place to be. You are always learning.
When I came here, I didn’t think I was going to jump into the squad straight away. Coming from Southampton, I played week in, week out.
Signing here, I knew I wasn’t going to be involved as much and I’d have been naive to think I would.
But just being able to train with these players every day, listening to the manager and just being around Arsenal, I have learned so much.
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I wouldn’t have changed anything for the world. The next step is to push on into the squad.
At the same time, though, there is no rush. I trust the boss to progress me in the best way, he is a top man, very intelligent.
We played some good stuff [against Manchester City] at times and there were a lot of young players out there who can be proud of themselves.
Manchester City are a massive team and are flying at the moment.
Even if they did not play their strongest side, their players out there were top quality.
It was a good test because you can only test yourself against the best and I think I did OK.
With the little Russian Andrei Arshavin in a bit of a form slump at the moment, surely Oxlade-Chamberlain must be knocking on the door to be take the role of impact player for the first-team. What do you guys think? Has the young Englishman proved himself in recent performances? Feel free to leave a comment below!