Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain capped an impressive full-debut in Arsenal colours with a goal in Tuesday night's Carling Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town at the Emirates Stadium, and indicated that it was just the start of things to come.
Following his £12million summer switch from Southampton, the young Gunner has been working hard in training in a bid to impress manager Arsene Wenger and put himself in contention of the first-team.
The 18-year-old midfielder knows he will have to bide his time in north London, but that won't quash his aspirations to be involved with the senior side, after reflecting positively on his first few months at Arsenal.
"I have settled in well I think," said Oxlade-Chamberlain. "I'm getting to know the boys a lot better and I feel like this is my home now.
"I'm really enjoying playing, training, watching and learning from the boys, the manager and the coaches. I'm really happy with the way it has gone."
Asked whether he felt the Carling Cup competition would be the opportunity he, and a lot of the other youngsters looking to impress, need to make an impression and show what they can do, Oxlade-Chamberlain beamed:
"Definitely. The manager sticks to his word and gives a lot of the younger boys a good chance to get first-team football.
"There are a lot of us that have targeted the Carling Cup because this is where we can make an impression. I will be watching the draw and I am confident that we can do well this year."
After another disappointing defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last weekend, Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Bolton at home in the Barclays Premier League this weekend, and Oxlade-Chamberlain knows the importance of restoring that winning feeling.
"Confidence is the main thing," he concluded. "If you start winning games the confidence will grow within the dressing room.
"I think it is a great bunch of lads. All the new boys that have come in on the last day of the window are all top lads and they've settled in really well. I think it has given the team a lift.
"Maybe the results haven't been going for us but we all know we have to stick together. I really do believe things will start to get better for this club."
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