Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that while he is frustrated at his bit-part role with the club this season, his focus remains on working hard and breaking into the first-team, Metro
The England international, who scored in his country’s 8-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino on Friday night, has made just 37 appearances, mainly from the bench, for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to the Emirates from Southampton in 2011, but has been frustrated with his lack of match action this season, which has hindered his progress so far. However, the 19 year old refused to criticise Arsene Wenger and believes that patience is required in order for him to become a first-team regular in North London.
Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “My season hasn’t progressed in a way as much as I would have wanted to, because I always want to play. But I also understand the manager, in Arsene, will protect his younger players. I can’t complain with the way the season has gone. There is still a long way to go”.
The Gunners are still looking to grab fourth place, and secure their 16th successive Champions League qualification since Wenger took over. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s side are four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and the England international is focused on helping the team provide a positive end to another trophyless season, instead of worrying about his individual pitch time.
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