Chamberlain champing at the bit

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists the recent influx of players at the Emirates Stadium will not deter him from his aim of breaking into the Arsenal first-team this season.

The 18-year-old winger completed a £12million switch to north London from Southampton earlier this summer, and has wasted no time in getting his head down and working hard in an attempt to impress Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

"He's just bought some new players now and I understand it's going to be hard for me," Chamberlain told "But I'm a young lad coming into the club and I understand I've got a lot of hard work to do to try and impress him."

"He's just told me I need to put pressure on him, impress him in training and that's all I can do. I understand there is a lot of hard work to establish myself and get in amongst it, but it's going well for me."

After making his debut, a substitute appearance in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, Chamberlain went on to make his first start for Stuart Pearce's England U21 side in Thursday night's comprehensive 6-0 victory over Azerbaijan, and believes his continued development in his short time at Arsenal has helped him to progress on the international stage as well.


"I've settled in well," he explained. "At first I was a little apprehensive going in maybe, but all the boys have welcomed me nicely and I'm getting into the swing of things."

Reflecting on Arsenal's deadline day activity in the transfer market, Chamberlain is excited by the prospect of linking up and learning from all of the new additions to the Gunners squad, and believes each signing will help the club push on this year.

"I don't think Arsenal would buy anybody who isn't a good player," he concluded. "I've seen the likes of Per Mertesacker play and they look like quality signings. I think they will do a good job for us and help us to do well this year."

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