Arsenal star reveals he hasn’t been match fit since he was a teenager

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he hasn’t been fully match fit since he was a teenager, according to the Daily Express.

The Gunners have got off to a stuttering start to their campaign, but the England international has been one of the club’s more impressive performers so far.

However, he has revealed that after injuring his cruciate ligament during an opening day defeat to Aston Villa two years ago – which occurred just two days before his 20th birthday – he has never been completely injury free until now.

The Express states that since that injury 24 months ago, he has featured for club and country a total of 68 times, though he has spent the majority of that time with a number of nagging doubts in the back of his mind.

“The injuries were a knock on effect from the cruciate injury that I had from the first day of the season a couple of years ago when we lost to Villa,” he said.

“It’s all been a chain reaction from that, just being out for five or six months for the first time in your life.

“It ended up in my groins from the compensation and I struggled with that for a large part of last season.

“There were times when I tried to get up from the bed or from sitting on the sofa and I was in so much pain.

“I would play 90 minutes and I couldn’t get round it in my head that I was struggling with the simplest of tasks but was still playing games.

“Then towards the end of the season something turned the screw, I don’t know what. All of a sudden it went away as if nothing had happened.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been included in England’s squad to take on San Marino and Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on Saturday and Tuesday, and will be hoping to feature from the start in light of his good form so far this term.

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