Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured an undulating second season in the Premier League, but has taken the positives from the past year that has seen him become an established England international.
After his 2011 move from Southampton Chambo went on to impress during his debut season thoroughly justifying Arsene Wenger’s investment in the starlet. He even earned a call-up to the England national team for last summer’s European Championship where he started in the Three Lions match with France.
While many expected the midfielder to push on last season to establish himself in the Gunners squad, he struggled to feature regulaly especially as Theo Walcott stole back the limelight.
He ended up starting just 11 Premier League games however he became a vital asset in the final few matches with late cameos in central roles rather than his usual right wing berth. The Ox even played the majority of Arsenal’s final match of the season against Newcastle in a deeper central role alongside Aaron Ramsey, helping them achieve the vital 1-0 win to necessary to claim a top four finish.
While Chambo did not play as much as he wanted but he is looking forward to next season and has taken solstice in the amount he last learned in his second season at the top.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Mirror:
It has been an up and down season for me but I have learnt a lot.
No-one knew what to expect from me in my first season at Arsenal and everything I did was a bonus. This season people expect you to continue in the same way, and so did I.
I have made a few steps forward in certain areas of my game, and had a few setbacks that have helped me to learn.
But I am happy with how my season has gone, and the way we finished with Arsenal. I’m really looking forward to next season.
I’m still young, and every day I am involved with either Arsenal or England will help me.
I have to make sure I keep working hard and hopefully things will go well for me.