Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says it was just great to be involved as the Gunners beat Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup last night.
His last involvement with the first team was the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford, and with new signings providing something of an obstacle to Premier League involvement, he was delighted to play last night.
In his interview with Arsenal Player after the game, the well-spoken, self-effacing young man, said, “I haven’t been on the bench as much as I’d like recently, and that’s due to some quality signings, and I sort of forgot what it felt like to be here.
“I came back this evening before the game and I walked out on the pitch and I realised what a massive club this is and I was straight away excited for the game. Its just brilliant to back around and involved. I gave it my all tonight and I hope I did well”.
By all accounts he was Arsenal’s stand out performer on the night, and he was modest about his first ever Arsenal goal too. A thumping strike from 30 yards which fizzed through the grasp of the Shrews keeper was a nice way to get started, but he played down its quality, saying, “I just received the ball, it opened up for me, I thought I’d give it a try and luckily it went in”.
There wasn’t anything lucky about it, power and precision were the main reasons he scored, and it’s nice to see a player willing to take on the shot from distance without fannying about with it too much first. Control, set-up, thwack. Boof, eat my goal.
He also praised the spirit of the side having come back from one goal down.
“I thought it was a massive game for us. Even though you may it was lesser opposition you have to bounce back from a disappointing result at the weekend, put a statement down and make sure we qualified for the next round.
“We knew we had what it took to win the game, maybe we were a bit sloppy at the back, but we knew we had to stay together, the gaffer said that to us, and we controlled the second half”.
The new boy has certainly given the manager something to think about ahead of the weekend’s game against Bolton, in terms of his options from the bench, and after if he can keep up his record of scoring in every game he starts he’s gonna be better than Pele.
No pressure though.