Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsene knows best

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been tipped as an Arsenal star of the future, and the summer signing from Southampton is perfectly happy to bide his time while he learns his trade at the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old midfielder capped an impressive start to his Gunners career, with goals on his first two starts for the club in the Carling Cup and UEFA Champions League.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't featured for Arsene Wenger's side since the Carling Cup win over Bolton, and whilst he admits it is sometimes frustrating to watch on from the sidelines, he is happy to play the waiting game.

"I signed for Arsenal expecting not to get into the team straight away because this is a massive club with a lot of top-quality players," he told Arsenal Player.

"I've signed a contract which is for a number of years so it's just about being patient for me. It's my first year and I'm not going to get as much game time but I'm learning loads in training and just taking everything I can to develop my game."

The England U21 international has settled quickly into his north London surroundings, and says he will continue to work hard in order to put himself in the manager's thoughts, and consequently in contention of the first-team.

"You can learn so much from the boys in training, even just by watching them," Oxlade-Chamberlain added. "Getting appearances along the way will feed me in slowly - there's no rush to push me.

"Obviously I do want to play but I trust the boss and he knows what's best for me. I'll keep working hard and when I do get my chance I need to take it.

"I'm positive: I'm at Arsenal, I'm only 18 and I wasn't expecting to jump straight into the team."

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