Gunners starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named ‘Best International Newcomer’ at the Sports Journalists’ Association awards held on December 6.
Members of the SJA voted for the 19-year-old versatile midfielder who broke into the Arsenal first team last season after signing from the then-League One Southampton side in 2011. ‘The Ox’ went on to make 26 appearances in all competitions last year, netting on four occasions, earned praise from the U21 England side which then lead to a senior call-up into Roy Hodgson’s senior squad for the Euro 2012 championships.
Alex, who received the award at The Pavilion at the Tower of London said:
It’s a massive honour to win anything at the moment. It’s been a whirlwind year for me – everything’s come quite quickly.
I’m starting to find now the pressure of professional football at the top level with the highs and lows, and obviously at the moment we’re on a bit of a low, but this is a nice little pick-me-up.
I love what I do every day, I love playing football and hopefully I’ll continue to that. And obviously if we win some stuff that helps.