Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is relishing Arsenal’s title challenge this season and is not phased with being coined underdogs.
The Gunners top the table and have done so for much of the season, but despite Arsene Wenger’s sides consistency this campaign many favour close contenders Chelsea and Man City for the Premiership.
The Ox feels being labelled as the underdogs relieves some pressure on their shoulders and provides more fuel to prove their doubters wrong.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player:
When people are doubting you or saying you’re not capable of doing something, it gives you that motivation to prove them wrong.
At the same time, when you aren’t favourites you can go about your work quietly – and the most important thing is that we know what we need to do to finish where we want to finish. That’s the only thing that matters.
The manager, the coaching staff and as a group of players, we all know what needs to be done – to keep winning games consistently.
As long as we keep that togetherness and that belief in ourselves, it is up to us how well we do this year.
Just nine points separates the top six, which will make for an exciting and close season run-in. The league is scattered with class and The Ox is excited with the tight affair at the summit of the Premier League. He added:
This year it does seem to be really tight, especially the top half of the table. There’s no real differentiation between the top four and the other teams.
There is so much quality high up the league and everyone is winning when everyone else is, and at the times when teams drop points, so does everyone else.
That is credit to the clubs that find themselves in the bottom half, because they are of high quality as well. It is a really tough year and you can’t see who is going to do well in terms of winning the league or who is going to go down. That is what makes it so exciting.
Arsenal have won now six times on the trot, an incredible response after a difficult period in December. However with another intense period of fixtures on the horizon there is little time to rest on their laurels.
The Ox made another appearance in midweek for the Gunners U21 side playing in central midfield and will be looking to start against Coventry on Friday. Exciting season ahead for the Ox.