Arsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, admits he has to be patient at Arsenal and that he must bide his time until he can be considered a first-team regular.

The 19-year-old has made several appearances this season for Arsene Wenger's side, but has never really had a good run of games as he battles with Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Gervinho for a starting berth.

The England international has started 15 games in all competitions so far this season, and played just under 70 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 win against Stoke.

Chamberlain signed for Arsenal from Southampton, having come through the ranks at St. Mary's.

He has impressed pundits and fans alike since establishing himself at the Emirates, scoring five goals in 26 appearances during his first season with the Gunners, getting four assists to his name too.

'The Ox', as he is known, appreciates that he won't be starting every game for Arsenal, but he is keen to make the most of the games when he is given the nod.

Speaking to the club's official website, Chamberlain said: "I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club.

"I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times. Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it."

Chamberlain admits that a run in the first-team has done wonders for his confidence, but the Southampton academy graduate has to be realistic and accepts that he can't start week in week out due to the array of talent at Arsene Wenger's disposal.

"It’s always nice for the confidence when you get a run of games. I had a few a couple of weeks ago, I think I played maybe five or six games on the spin and that was nice. 

"I’ve got to expect to sometimes be pulled out because we’ve got so many talented players at this football club.

"Everybody wants to play so you’ve got to take being taken out of the team sometimes, let someone else have a go and make sure you’re ready to come off the bench and affect the games and help the team."

Chamberlain is happy to bide his time, however, having drawn inspiration from a former Arsenal captain.

"I can remember last season, Robin van Persie came and spoke to me. 

"He said "When I was first at the Club, I didn’t start, the boss used to take me in and out". 

"Look at the season he had, he was a key player. It was the same with Theo. You’ve got to bide your time, especially when you’re young."


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