Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he has no problem keeping his feet on the ground – thanks to his father.
The son of former England international Mark Chamberlain, 18-year-old ‘Ox’ has made a big impact at senior level for Arsene Wenger’s side, having recently got his Premier League chance under the Frenchman.
His meteoric rise to the top is set to continue against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but the player isn’t getting too big for his boots after quickly becoming the fans’ favourite at the Emirates Stadium.
“With him being by my side I can never get too big for my boots,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the official Arsenal magazine in reference to his Dad.
“He always keeps me rooted and highlights the things I need to do better. When I do have a good game he’ll have a quiet word and say ‘well done’, but that’s as far as it goes because he points out that I’ve now got to keep doing it.
“As a winger, when you have a good game and take people on then people expect the same every week. I’ve got to do what I can to apply that consistency, and that’s what he tells me.
"It’s the same with my mum – she was always encouraging me to do my schoolwork and focus on other things in life. I think I’ve got a well-grounded family network and that definitely helps me.”
Carl Jenkinson is also in contention to feature in the north London derby, having made his return to competitive action for the reserves against Norwich City on Tuesday night.
After three-months out of action with a back injury, the former Charlton man remains confident that Arsenal are a stronger side than Harry Redknapp’s Spurs, although admits he’s been impressed by how Tottenham have performed this season.
“They have a lot of good players - they’re obviously a good side and they have come together really well this year,” he told Arsenal Player.
“There's no hiding the fact they have done well, but we have got a stronger squad in my opinion and we have got to show that on Sunday. We have to beat them.
“We have been training hard this week and it is a big game for us. All the lads are going to be hugely up for it and we have to go out there and do the business.”