Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he needs to improve in front of goal if he is to nail down a regular place in the Arsenal starting line-up.
After starting the season with the only goal in the Community Shield victory over Chelsea, Oxlade Chamberlain has failed to score for the Gunners again this campaign, and even put through his own goal in the defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
The England midfielder has been in and out of the side this season, with Aaron Ramsey – naturally a central player – often preferred on the right flank.
“I’ve just turned 22, so I’m at the age where I want to start pushing on. The only way to do that is through regular game-time,” he said.
“I’m always working on areas I can improve. My finishing is probably something that needs work as I want to contribute with more goals.
“That’s not just about the actual shooting but also mastering that knack of being in the right area at the right time to score the ‘easy’ goals, as they say. Whenever and wherever I get a chance I’ve got to show why I should be playing.”
Despite his struggles to regularly start, the 25-year-old hailed the strength in depth of the Arsenal squad, asserting that the competition for places can only be a good for the players.
The former Southampton player started the Gunners’ shock opening-day defeat to West Ham, but then paid the price for the team’s lacklustre display by being relegated to the bench.
“It’s normal for there to be competition for places,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Rabona magazine.
“I experienced that at Southampton, and then to come to a club like Arsenal you’ve just got to expect it.
“What’s important is that you take advantage when you do get the chance to play. If you’re helping the team with your performances, you’re also doing the best thing for yourself.
“As a footballer, you’ve got to remember that playing with the best players in the world is something you’ve always wanted to achieve. The likes of Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez are two of them, guys who have played for massive clubs in Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to learn from them. They’ve bought into the Arsenal way and what we want to achieve, so it’s great to have people like that in our team.”