Ox: We’ll push till the end


Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted the Gunners have what it takes to make it back into the top four.


The 18-year-old was outstanding making his full debut in the loss to Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.


Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance was one of few bright spots for Arsene Wenger’s side as they slipped five points behind Chelsea, but ‘The Ox’ was confident the gap could be closed.


“It is crucial. We know we have to win every game and approach every match in the same way,” he is quoted as saying on the official Arsenal website.

“We always look to win, we know the task that lies ahead of us but we have belief within the dressing room.


“The boss believes, the boys believe and we know we have the quality that it takes. We are just going to keep working hard and try to correct our mistakes.”


The former Southampton man provided the assist for Robin van Persie to equalise in the hard fought fixture against a resilient United side.


The young winger was also in the middle of the game’s great controversy when he was substituted for Andrei Arshavin.


This in itself was unremarkable but it was made just minutes after he had set up the goal and was looking like the Gunners most dangerous player.


The Emirates crowd reacted furiously and deafening boos rang out, along with some unprecedented open criticism of Arsene Wenger.


The effect of the change was compounded when Arshavin made a feeble attempt at a tackle on Antonio Valencia, who then marched into the Arsenal box to set up the winner.


Oxlade-Chamberlain made a great impression on his first start and, with Gervinho away on international duty, he is in line to start against Aston Villa, provided the injury Arsene Wenger claimed he had has cleared up.


The Villa fixture is an FA Cup fourth round tie and will be played at Emirates Stadium this coming Sunday afternoon.

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