Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a fine second half performance for the Gunners in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic, an he feels the future is bright after he and four other young players all signed new deals at the club.
The England international looked relatively lively in the first half, producing a fine save from the Latics goalkeeper after his fierce right footed shot was deflected away, but it wasn’t until the second half that he came to life producing a series of promising runs down the right hand side with Walcott unlucky not to bury one in particular.
The 19-year-old just this week signed a long term contract with the Gunners, and he feels the future is very bright with such a strong mix of young, English talent as well as the more experienced heads.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told reporters:
There are some really exciting young players with me and the boys that have just signed, and we have got more experienced players like Mikel and Santi [Cazorla].
I think it’s a good mix of youth and experience, the older boys help us out. It’s going to take time for the younger lads to figure out how to play their way in, but the earlier we can start playing together for the future, it does look bright for us.
[on the penalty in Walcott’s favour] Theo managed to get in front of [Beausejour] and from where I stood i thought he did bring him down.
Sometimes you need these decisions to go for you but I think we created enough chances to get a goal anyway so whichever way it comes we’re not too fussed. We’re happy to get the penalty and Mikel did really well to stick it away.