Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he does not feel he has reached top form so far this season, and that he demands a lot more from himself and his performances.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the 5-2 win over Reading last night, the former Southampton midfielder says he feels he could be adding more to the team in terms of end product.
“I want to be getting more goals and more assists, so I’m always beating myself up when like tonight, I don’t. I’ll keep plugging away and keep trying to do the right things on and off the ball. I know it’s important [to work hard] for my full back. Whenever I get the chance to play, I can guarantee I’m always going to give 100 per cent and I’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet a bit more as well.
“I’m never happy with myself. I know I’ve got quite a good shot so when an opportunity comes about and I don’t make the keeper work, I’m not a happy boy. I think that’s the best way to get the best out of me. I’m always hard on myself and push myself to do more.”
Perhaps we expect a lot from our young players quickly at Arsenal, but there’s no doubt Chamberlain seems to be going through a little bit of ‘second season syndrome’ so far this year. It’s good that he acknowledges it though, and there’s no doubt he’s a talent to be excited by.
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