Chamberlain hopes to build on 2011

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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he wants to build on the best year of his career in 2012.

Coupled with winning a move to Arsenal from Southampton, Chamberlain's performances for the England under-21's make him an outsider to travel to next summer's European Championships.

The 18-year-old, despite having endure an excellent last 12 months, is aiming to make next year even better.

“It's been exciting for me this year joining Arsenal, I've loved every minute of it so far and I wouldn't change a thing,” he said.

“I enjoyed the end of last season with Southampton too so I can't really complain about how this year has gone. I'm looking forward to 2012 and hopefully it can bring good things for this club and for me personally.”

Since his move from St Mary's, Chamberlain has been exposed to the wise words of Arsene Wenger, who has been quick to talk up the teen following goals against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup and Olympiakos in the Champions League.

“The stuff he says to me, to the team just makes so much sense,” Chamberlain added. “It's just little things like that you can always pick up stuff. The main thing he's said to me is that I've got the ability to play at this level and it's just how much I want it. That just sums it up for me really.

“I know I just have to keep working hard, get my head down and keep pushing to put pressure on him to select me. It's encouraging to hear him say that to me because it's always good advice.

“If it's criticism it's always constructive and I do go away and listen. My relationship with him since I've been here has been very good, the same with Pat Rice too. I'm still young and I'm learning.”

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