Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his recent run in the Arsenal side has helped him settle into his new north London surroundings, and is confident that things will only get better.

The 18-year-old midfielder has set his sights on establishing himself as a mainstay in Arsene Wenger's first-team, and hopes to play a huge part in the Emirates Stadium future.

The England U21 international was a frustrated spectator on the fringes of the Gunners squad during the early part of the season following his £12million summer switch from Southampton, but having started 10 of the club's 13 fixtures since the turn of the year, his involvement has been much more satisfying.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been tipped for a late inclusion in the senior international side for this summer's Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, so impressive have his performances been.

 

"I think it's gone really well in terms of bedding in with the boys and into the squad," he told Arsenal.com. "Not so much as a first-team regular as obviously I am still young and there are a lot of good players around me doing really well.

"I just feel part of the squad now, am really comfortable with all of the lads, the fans and feel a massive part of it. I can see myself being a part of Arsenal's future. That is where I would like to be anyway, and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure I achieve that."

After only a solitary season of regular first-team football under his belt - and that coming in England's third tier, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Oxlade-Chamberlain's Premier League move came a little too soon.

However, the talented teenager has seemed to relish the big occasion, and on his first Arsenal start, became the youngest ever English goalscorer in the Champions League.

"Obviously it is a big step up from League One last year," he continued. "With the boss bringing me here in the first place that gave me confidence.

"He thought I had some ability so to have his trust gives me a bit of confidence and you can work on that. I have belief in myself as well but I know I still have a lot of hard work to do.

"There are just little things in your game that you don't maybe know when you are younger and you might not see in League One. You make mistakes and you get punished for them in the Premier League. You are always learning and it has been a good education so far."

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