Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was happy to give back to manager Arsene Wenger and the fans with his well taken brace against Crystal Palace.
The 20-year-old produced a match winning second half performance in his first Premier League start since injuring his knee in August, and enjoyed the opportunity to play central midfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was fielded alongside Mikel Arteta in the box to box role, panicking Palaces defence with his pace and trickery.
The England international was vital in securing the three points that took Arsenal back to the top of the table, and he enjoyed the feeling of scoring in front the Emirates faithful.
He told Arsenal’s official website:
To play in midfield was nice. It’s nice the boss has faith in me there. It’s nice playing in midfield with players like we have, when we have got a lot of the ball.
It’s always an amazing feeling to score a goal, especially at a superb stadium like the Emirates. I’m glad to give something back to the fans. It’s something that I want to add to my game more so it was nice to get two today.
It was a tough game against Palace, they made it hard for us in the first half. But in the second half we knew that if we kept the tempo up and kept wearing them down that maybe we could get more opportunities. and thankfully we did.
The Ox is now a favourite to start against Liverpool this weekend after showing he has all the right ingredients to be an all action midfielder. His work rate was impressive, he tracked back and got forward whenever he could while keeping up a tidy passing accuracy of 83%.
With the Gunners set to face a brutal set of fixtures, having the Ox firing on all cylinders is precisely what Wenger needs.