Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised the influence of Robin van Persie as the Dutchman discusses a new long-term deal that would keep him at Arsenal beyond next season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain earned a call up for England’s 2012 squad after an impressive debut season with Arsenal and revealed Van Persie has had a big influence on his performances this season.
“He’s a massive part of the dressing room, helping all of us and speaking to the manager about what we’re feeling, what we want and what we can do better,” he told The Sun.
“He even does the little things like arranging get-togethers with players’ wives and barbecues and fun days and golf days.”
Van Persie’s contract negotiations aren’t believed to have gone as smoothly as the club would have liked, with the Dutchman now due to link up with his international team-mates ahead of Euro 2012 without reaching an agreement to extend his current deal, which runs out next summer.
Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus have all been linked with the talented striker, who scored 30 Premier League goals this season to secure the Golden Boot award.
Oxlade-Chamberlain also revealed that he had received plenty of valuable advice from Van Persie during his short Arsenal career already.
“He told me that when he first came to Arsenal it was quite similar to me how the boss dipped him in and dipped him out," he added.
“He would score a goal then wouldn’t play the next game or he might score two and he wouldn’t get on in the next game or would play five minutes.
“He told me to keep working hard and bide my time and keep plugging away and my time will come.
“Before games he tells me to do this or that or go here on a corner. He’s a big leader.
“It will be good if he stays, definitely. I don’t know if he will but I hope he does.”