Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confident of top four finish
Arsenal youngster says the club must stop looking at the past and concentrate on the future
The 19-year-old insists Arsenal must focus on finishing in the top four, and to stop reflecting on regrets during the remainder of the season.
Arsenal produced a crucial win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday that kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive. Arsene Wenger labelled the game as a “must win” beforehand and his side didn’t fail him with goals from the new man Nacho Monreal and Gervinho giving them a 2-0 win. The defence also earned praise keeping an away clean sheet for the second time in three days.
The young Englishman started his first Premier League game in more than a month and had a perceivable impact right from the get-go. He was an attacking threat in the first half and after dribbling and finding some space behind Angel Rangel, he let fly with a curling effort only to hit the cross bar. He continued to apply pressure on the defence and it wasn’t long before he struck from 25 yards to brush the woodwork yet again.
He was then replaced in the second half as Wenger brought on Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey. Monreal scored late in the second half while Gervinho sealed the victory with the second goal in stoppage-time.
Despite the win, Arsenal face a tough battle if they want to finish in a top four spot with both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea lying ahead of them. Not only do they have to chase down their London rivals but they will also have to stay vigilant to keep Everton, who are right on the Gunners’ heels, at bay.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website he said; “Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results.
“It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it.”
“The Swansea result is a good start. But we can’t look back, we have to look forward at what we can achieve. That will be important for the run-in. So it is a matter of taking it step-by-step.
“We have always had belief in ourselves. Obviously there have been some hard patches. But wins like the one at Swansea affect the confidence in a positive way.
“We have to take that into the next game and look for three points again.”
It is going to be tough. We just have to stick to what we know. There are a lot of teams around us who we can’t control. We can only control ourselves and we’ll see what happens at the end.”
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