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Chamberlain adapting to Arsenal life

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he was nervous ahead of his move to Arsenal from Southampton, but has revealed he feels like he's finally settling at the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old made the switch from St Mary's to north London earlier this summer, after staring for Saints in their Npower League One promotion last season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has also made sporadic appearances for the England Under-21s but despite such experience at an early age, he admits nothing could prepare him for his move to the Barclays Premier League.

“I didn’t know how I’d cope straightaway," he said. “After making the step up you feel there’ll be a few days where you adjust and have to accept you might not feel as comfortable or on the ball in training as you could.

“Obviously I was nervous but then once you get in here you just get on with it really.

“I’m starting to settle in a bit more now. I feel more comfortable around the boys, and when you do form more of a relationship you’re not so worried about making mistakes.

 

“When you feel like that you tend not to make as many. I’m still coming to terms with it all but I’m happy with the way I’ve started.”

Gunners fans will have seen little of Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the former Saint comes with a reputation of possessing outstanding pace on the ball, but he's keen to maintain there's other areas he can excel.

“I’m quite confident to take people on – if there’s a one against one I’ll definitely take it on if I feel I can get a cross in or set someone up,” he added.

 

“If there’s a shot on I like to take the opportunity as well, and I like passing the ball – which is one of the reasons I came to Arsenal.

“But I’m a player that likes to come up with an end product – whether that’s a goal, an assist or helping the team to get good results.”

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