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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals Thierry Henry advice before Manchester United clash

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry put him in a headlock before a game against Manchester United in 2012 and dispensed some very useful advice.

The England international admits he was inspired by hearing Henry’s words of wisdom and it settled him down before taking on the Red Devils, who were then managed by the revered Sir Alex Ferguson.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had made his Arsenal debut a year earlier - in the infamous 8-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford - but Henry’s words put him at ease ahead of another potentially tricky match against Ferguson’s side.

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"It was before a Manchester United game," Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. "He put me in a headlock just before I went out.

"Then he whispered in my ear, 'When you are on the pitch, make sure you are 100 per cent with your belief in your abilities.

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'When you go to take somebody on, you are going to take somebody on. Don't let anybody tell you that you are not good enough to do that, because that is what you are here to do'.

"To hear somebody like him say that to me was really amazing."

Oxlade-Chamberlain should be starting every week

Oxlade-Chamberlain was presumably referring to Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in January 2012, when Henry was back at the Emirates Stadium on a loan deal from New York Red Bulls.

The stocky winger started the match and provided the assist for Arsenal’s only goal of the match, scored by Robin van Persie, but was unable to prevent the Gunners losing the match.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been unable to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up over recent seasons and may need to consider his options at the end of this campaign if he spends more time on the bench than on the pitch.

The 22-year-old is a player with immense talent and huge potential and should be starting week-in, week-out at a top Premier League club.

Arsenal fans: should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start every week for the Gunners? Have your say in the comments below!

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