Oxlade-Chamberlain hungry to keep Arsenal place

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is eager to maintain his starting berth in the side after an impressive display in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United, arsenal.com reports. The 18 year old was taken off to the dismay of Arsenal fans in the game, but has refused to blame his manager.

The 18 year old’s display was capped by an assist for Robin van Persie’s equalising goal, but his substitution was bewildering to the Gunners fans. Signed from Southampton in the summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been pushing for a league start with encouraging performances in the Carling Cup and the Champions League. The teenager has got his taste of league football and is now ready to battle for his place in the starting line-up. Wenger does not want to rush the England under 21 international, but Oxlade-Chamberlain feels he is ready.

Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘ I was happy to get a start and obviously against opposition like Man United – it doesn’t come any better than that. Overall I was happy with my performance and happy to contribute to Robin’s goal. It was positive for me and mentally it puts you in a good position. It was a nice performance from me and I’ve got to make sure I keep my place now.’

Wenger is now under pressure from the Arsenal fans to keep the 18 year old in his side for the FA Cup fourth round tie with Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium next weekend. Oxlade-Chamberlain was full of praise for Wenger after the game and believes he is the best manager to have and a top person off the field too.

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