Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expects Arsenal will have to overcome further hiccups before the end of the season, however, the England midfielder says the way the Gunners beat Bournemouth following their Boxing Day shellacking at the hands of Southampton bodes well for their title challenges.
The Gunners’ 2-0 victory against the Cherries saw Arsene Wenger’s men return to the top of the Premier League table; a position they will retain into 2016 if Leicester City fail to beat Manchester City this evening.
Reflecting on a season that has already seen Arsenal lose four games in the league, and eight games in total, Chamberlain underlined the importance of being able to bounce back.
“We wanted nothing less than a win, so we got the job done, and now we’re on to the next one,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal.com.
“You need to build momentum. It’s all about getting the right results and as many results as possible from here.
“We’re in a strong position now – it’s where we would like to be. There have been some hiccups along the way and I’m sure there will be a few more but we need to build on this half of the season and go into the New Year positively and in the right manner.
“We’ll hopefully get some injured players back soon and that will boost us again, but the boys have been really good so far. We need to keep that going.
“We know we’re capable of winning games. The boss said to us that the team that lost at Southampton is no different to the one that beat Manchester City at home.
“From day to day, we need to turn it around if we have a bad result. We need to turn that around and we got the right result.”
Arsenal face a heavy schedule in January, kicking off 2016 with a home game with Newcastle before Sunderland visit the Emirates in the FA Cup 3rd round. Tricky away games at Liverpool and Stoke follow, before we tackle Chelsea at home and then the prospect of another FA Cup game.
Hmm. Oh well.
There may be trouble ahead,
But while there’s moonlight and music and love and romance,
Let’s face the music and dance.