Ox plots personal progress at Arsenal


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy with what he's achieved at Arsenal thus far, but hopes to improve further during his time at the Emirates.

The England youth international made a major Cup impact in his two starts for the Gunners, scoring against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup and Olympiakos in the Champions League.

However, the talented teenage remains firmly grounded, thanks in part to his development through the Southampton academy before Nigel Adkins begrudgingly sold the player for a £12 million fee plus add-on bonuses.

After following in the footsteps of Theo Walcott when making the move from St. Mary's to north London, Oxlade-Chamberlain is under no illusions that he will have to keep improving if he's to feature alongside the England star on a regular basis in the Barclays Premier League.

"I think there's a lot more to come from me so I am just going to keep working hard, keep learning in training and get some more appearances to do well," he told Arsenal Player.

"It's down to me at the end of the day, I've got to put pressure on the boss to select me. I can only do that by training well and, when I do get my chance, impress him. The boss has said it's up to me, he's going to work with me the same way I have to with him.

"It's a work in progress and I don't think there's any need to rush into things. I trust the boss and he's going to develop me in the same way."

'The Ox' admits he was well aware that chances would be much harder to come by at Arsenal following his move from the Saints, but an opportunity to play under Arsene Wenger was too good to turn down.

Training alongside players like Robin Van Perise and Thomas Vermaelen has also had an impact on the youngster, who is pleased with how life has begun with the club.

"I knew that when I signed here it would be hard for me. I was playing more week-in week-out at Southampton and I knew that maybe in my first season I wouldn't get a lot of game time," he added.

"But I'm learning so much in training from the likes of Robin van Persie and the rest of the boys - and the manager as well. I've only had a few appearances but I've scored two goals and I'm happy with with that."

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