Oxlade-Chamberlain: Fans must have patience, I’m only 19!

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels everyone must remain patient as he has time on his side.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the past two years since joining from the then-Championship side Southampton, and while he has struggled to excite as much as his superb debut season, The Ox feels there is much more to come from him next season as he continues to develop and grow into a more central role.

The England international said in an interview with the official Arsenal matchday programme:

It has been difficult. There is always pressure, but maybe people forget that I am only 19 and will still be 19 at the start of next season.

When you have a good first season, especially at 18, people hype you up and really want to see you kick on. They expect you to play lots of games and do really well.

I have tried to carry on from last season, but sometimes you have to realise that you are a young lad and have a lot to learn.

The experience of being in a club and league like this is a great education at this age.

[On his recent substitute appearances] You always want to start but your responsibility when you are on the bench, especially as a winger, is to come on, change the game and help drive the boys forward, that is what I have been trying to do, to make things happen and add a different dynamic to the game.

I have been working on things like my team play, my defensive play and getting back into the right positions off the ball and these things aren’t often noticed.

I started pre-season playing in central roles and have played there in training, so I am trying to develop that as well.

I am happy with the way things are going and the most important thing is that the team finishes where we need to. I am happy to be a part of that.

 

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