Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal must not look back after Swansea win

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Gunners must continue to build on their wins over Munich and Swansea as the Gunners push for a Champions League spot.

The 2-0 win over Swansea, in which Oxlade-Chamberlain posed a real threat to the hosts, moves the North London side closer to fourth placed Chelsea and ends a downward spiral that had seen Arsene Wenger’s side lose the North London Derby, knocked out of the Champions League and the FA Cup.

The Ox believes the pressure they are under is part and parcel of the game and his side know how to deal with it. The grinding win over the Welsh side will go some way to make amends for what has been a turbulent 2013 so far, and they must keep on building their momentum to finish the season strongly.

“Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results,” he told Arsenal Player. “It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it.

“The Swansea result is a good start. But we can’t look back, we have to look forward at what we can achieve. That will be important for the run-in. So it is a matter of taking it step-by-step.

“We knew it would be a hard game. But we had to take everything from Wednesday’s win at Bayern and use it in this game.

“We have always had belief in ourselves. Obviously there have been some hard patches. But wins like the one at Swansea affect the confidence in a positive way. We have to take that into the next game and look for three points again.

“It is going to be tough. We just have to stick to what we know. There are a lot of teams around us who we can’t control. We can only control ourselves and we’ll see what happens at the end.”

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