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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain speaks out about competition for places

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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is adamant that he has absolutely no problem with stiff competition for places at the Emirates, insisting that he'll be ready to make an impact as a substitute regularly this season if that's what Arsene Wenger wants.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has completed 90 minutes just once in eight Arsenal appearances so far this season, in the crunch Champions League qualifier against Besiktas at the Emirates last month.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have both been used on the right flank already this term and with Theo Walcott working towards full fitness the 21-year-old has a serious fight on his hands to earn regular game time, but it's something he's happy to accept to be part of a winning team.

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Youngster just happy to play a part

In an interview with Arsenal's official website the England international insisted: "I feel good in myself and when I get told to play I will be chomping at the bit to help the team.

"I have been [dealing with competition for places] for four years. I know what this game is all about. I am a young lad in a very good Arsenal squad and I understand that.

"I want to play as much as I can but I have bought into the idea of what our team wants to do this season and that means it will need all of us to pull our weight to start games or come off the bench. We have to be 100 per cent focused for when our chances come."

Clean bill of health crucial

Avoiding injuries has to be part of the promising starlet's thinking, after missing a significant part of last season with a long-term knee injury that also eventually ended his chances of playing at the World Cup.

The focus is now very much on helping Arsenal improve after a relatively shaky start to the season, which has seen them win just two of their eight matches in all competitions.

Gunners boss Wenger has some difficult decisions to make following Tuesday's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund and Oxlade-Chamberlain must come into that thinking.

Wenger must be tempted to hand the speed demon only his second Premier League start of the season against Aston Villa this weekend, after an experiment with Ozil on the right-flank didn't pay off against Dortmund to say the least.

With quality options in his position it would be easy for Oxlade-Chamberlain to kick up a fuss and demand more playing time, but that's not the case and Wenger clearly has a youngster with the right attitude to make a positive impact on his starting XI this season consistently.

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