Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is desperate for Robin van Persie to stay at Arsenal citing the striker’s influence both on and off the pitch
Admitting that he didn’t have a clue if the Dutchman would stay or not, the young midfielder praised his captain for helping him through his first season at the Emirates while also commending his willingness to organise social events for the team and their respective partners.
Speaking to The Sun, the Ox gave a glowing appraisal of RVP’s authority in the camp.
“He’s a massive part of the dressing room, helping all of us and speaking to the manager about what we’re feeling, what we want and what we can do better.
“He even does the little things like arranging get-togethers with players’ wives and barbecues and fun days and golf days.”
Still only 18-years-old, Chamberlain has been treated with kid-glove hands by manager Arsene Wenger this season despite impressing in his six starts and cameos from the substitutes bench.
While supporters called for him to be used more often, the teenager stressed that wise words from Van Persie kept his spirits up on those occasions he wasn’t selected.
“He told me that when he first came to Arsenal it was quite similar to me how the boss dipped him in and dipped him out.
“He would score a goal then wouldn’t play the next game or he might score two and he wouldn’t get on in the next game or would play five minutes.
“He told me to keep working hard and bide my time and keep plugging away and my time will come.
“Before games he tells me to do this or that or go here on a corner. He’s a big leader.
“It will be good if he stays, definitely. I don’t know if he will but I hope he does.”