Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he’s ready to rip it up if given a chance in the team, and says he’s aware that the squad has to be used for Arsenal to be effective this season.
With Arsene Wenger reluctant to make too many changes for Tuesday night’s game against Dortmund, it looks as if heavy legs played a part in the lacklustre Gunners performance.
With players like the Ox, Cazorla and Rosicky scratching their holes on the bench, perhaps we could have done more to rotate, and former Southampton man says he’s just waiting for the nod from the boss.
“I feel good in myself and when I get told to play I will be chomping at the bit to help the team,” he said. “That is up to the boss to decide when that is but I will be ready.
“I know what this game is all about. I am a young lad in a very good Arsenal squad and understand that.
“I want to play as much as I can but I have bought into the idea of what our team wants to do this season and that means it will need all of us to pull our weight to start games or come off the bench. We have to be 100 per cent focused for when our chances come.”
And after three successive draws in the league, he’s urged his teammates to step it up ahead of the Aston Villa game this Saturday.
“It is important but we have to turn these draws into wins. That is required. We cannot look too much into results. You cannot get tied up putting pressure on yourself. We want to win but you have to focus on how you play. We know we need to start winning.”
Fresh legs are going to be required at Villa Park on Saturday, and we’d be more than happy if the Ox’s were used.