He might well be suffering from second season sydrome, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain knows patience is a virtue and that he’s got time to establish himself in the Arsenal team.
The 19 year old caught the eye with some exciting performances and goals last season, but has struggled to make as much of an impact, scoring just twice, but he knows time is on his side.
“I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club,” he said. “I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times. Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it.
“It’s always nice for the confidence when you get a run of games. I had a few a couple of weeks ago, I think I played maybe five or six games on the spin and that was nice. I’ve got to expect to sometimes be pulled out because we’ve got so many talented players at this football club.
“Everybody wants to play so you’ve got to take being taken out of the team sometimes, let someone else have a go and make sure you’re ready to come off the bench and affect the games and help the team. You’ve got to bide your time, especially when you’re young.”
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