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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex's season got off to a frustrating start when he sustained a knee injury in the opening Premier League game at home to Aston Villa, which kept him out for the remainder of 2013. He returned to the side in early January and his energy and direct style of play had a positive impact.

The versatile midfielder scored a second-half brace against Crystal Palace at the beginning of February and put in a man-of-the-match display in the FA Cup fifth-round victory over Liverpool, scoring one and setting up another.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Profile

Born August 15, 1993
Portsmouth
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Previous Club(s) Southampton

However, his stand-out performance came in the 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Playing in central midfield, his ability to take on defenders, change the pace of the game and make incisive passes earned widespread praise and enhanced his reputation as a star in the making.

A groin injury kept Alex out of the final games of the season - including the FA Cup final - but he managed to prove his fitness in time to make England's 2014 World Cup squad.

Capable of altering the tempo of a game with a driving run or piece of skill, Alex joined the Gunners in August 2011 and burst on to the scene five months later with a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United.

His fine first season saw him promoted to the England senior set-up and he played three times at Euro 2012. His excellent start to international life continued in 2013 when he scored a superb goal against Brazil at the Maracana Stadium.

Son of ex-England star Mark Chamberlain, Alex joined the club from Southampton, where he had become their second-youngest player - behind Theo Walcott - in 2009/10 and was prominent in their promotion from League One the following season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011-2012 6 + 10 2 3 + 1 1 3 0 3 1 15 + 11 4
2012-2013 11 + 14 1 3 + 1 0 2 0 1 + 1 1 17 + 16 2
2013-2014 6 + 8 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 12 + 8 3
2014-2015 3 + 3 1 1 + 2 0 0 0 0 + 1 0 4 + 7 1
Total 26 + 35 6 9 + 4 1 9 1 4 + 2 2 48 + 42 10

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

August

Alex featured in all six of Arsenal's competitive fixtures in August, making two starts. The England midfielder provided the cross that led to Aaron Ramsey's stoppage-time winner against Crystal Palace. Three days later, Alex came close to securing the Gunners a crucial away goal at Besiktas when he saw his shot brilliantly saved after a weaving run in the closing stages.

August

Alex provided the assist for Olivier Giroud's early goal against Aston Villa. However the winger received a knee injury just before half-time that would keep him out for the rest of the month.

September

A knee injury sustained in the opening-day loss to Aston Villa kept Alex out of contention for the whole of September.

October

A knee injury kept the Ox out of action for the whole of October.

November

A knee injury kept Alex out of action for the whole of November.

December

A knee injury kept Alex out of action for the whole of December.

January

After playing 45 minutes for the under-21s against Fulham, Alex made his long-awaited return to the first team when he came on as a late substitute against Aston Villa. His first start came in the FA Cup win over Coventry and he made two cameo appearances in the league games against Fulham and Southampton. "I'm a bit tired and I'm not match fit yet," he told Arsenal Player after the Coventry match. "In the second half that showed a little bit in my performance but that will come. "It was really nice to get back on the pitch from the start of the game tonight and a little run-out in midfield was nice for me as well. That's a stepping stone in the right direction for me and with a few more starts I should be back to match fitness."

February

After returning from injury in January, the Ox produced some outstanding displays in February. The Englishman scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the start of the month before netting Arsenal's opening goal in the 2-1 win against Liverpool. The 20-year-old also showed electric pace to beat his marker and set up Lukas Podolski's strike against Liverpool "It's always an amazing feeling to score a goal, especially at a superb stadium like the Emirates," he said after the Palace game. "I'm glad to give something back to the fans. It's something that I want to add to my game more so it was nice to get two today."

March

The Ox started five of Arsenal's seven games in March and produced an eye-catching display in Allianz Arena with his pace and power creating some dangerous situations for the Bayern defence. Alex was involved in Tomas Rosicky's early strike against Spurs but missed two opportunities to double the Gunners' lead in that game. Speaking after the Champions League exit in Munich, the England international said: "It's a bit of a similar feeling to last season, but we can take pride out of the performance. To come here and get a 1-1 draw isn't what we wanted but we put in a really good shift against a really tough Bayern side."

April

Alex featured in three games in April before suffering a groin injury which kept him out of the final game of the month against Newcastle. The England international provided the assist for Per Mertesacker's vital equaliser in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan and was unlucky not to score the winner in extra-time with a rasping effort which crashed off the bar. Speaking afterwards, Alex paid tribute to Arsenal's shoot-out hero Lukasz Fabianski. "I've got to give Lukasz all the credit," he said. "For someone that has been behind the brilliant Wojciech Szczesny this year, whenever he's played for us he's been absolutely superb. He's the hero for us. Full credit to him - he's an unbelievable professional."

May

A groin injury kept Alex out of action for the whole of May but the midfielder was fit enough to be named in England's World Cup squad.

August

Alex made one appearance in August, playing 18 minutes as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw at Stoke. “In training I'm seeing the likes of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, and then we have Gervinho and Theo Walcott too, so it's looking really good,” said the teenager. “That brings strong and healthy competition, which can only push us on to do well."

September

Alex featured four times in September. The winger scored against Coventry in the Capital One Cup, smashing home an unstoppable shot from outside the penalty area.

October

After starting against Olympiacos in the Champions League, Alex injured his hip in his next appearance, the 1-0 loss at Carrow Road, and did not appear again in October.

November

Alex made four appearances in November, starting against Montpellier and Aston Villa.

December

Alex featured in all seven of Arsenal’s fixtures in December. He won a penalty against West Brom and was named man of the match for an outstanding performance at Wigan Athletic. He ended 2012 by scoring his first Premier League goal in the win over Newcastle United. Alex also signed a new contract at the Club, along with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey.

January

Alex made four appearances in January, three of which were starts. Laurent Koscielny’s early red card against Manchester City meant the youngster was substituted by Per Mertesacker just 12 minutes into the game.

February

Alex started against Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers. He was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s other three games. "I always want people to be watching me and I like it when people tell me I need to be doing more,” the teenager said. “It gives me more motivation to go out and there, roll up my sleeves and prove to them that they can knock me down, but I’m going to keep going and keep proving that I can play and I can do well."

March

Alex was a late substitute in Munich before starting against Swansea City. The England international was in fine form at Liberty Stadium and twice struck the crossbar as Arsenal secured a 2-0 victory. Alex came off the bench against Reading and won the penalty that Mikel Arteta converted in the closing stages.

April

Alex made three appearances in April, coming off the bench against Norwich City, Everton and Manchester United. The midfielder set up Olivier Giroud’s goal to put Arsenal into the lead against the Canaries.

May

Having been brought off the bench in the closing stages of the wins over Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic, Alex was introduced in the opening half hour in Arsenal's final game of the season, at Newcastle United. After coming on for Mikel Arteta, the 19-year-old produced an energetic performance in the heart of midfield as Arsenal secured a top-four finish. "I've been waiting for any sort of chance to play and I've been getting a few minutes off the bench so to be able to come on in the first half was a bit of a surprise," he told Arsenal Player after victory at St James' Park. "I was aware that Mikel might have struggled a bit so mentally I prepared as if I was going to start the game. That helped me."

August

Alex joined the Club in August. The teenager became Arsène Wenger’s third acquisition of the summer and put pen to paper on a long-term contract after his transfer from Southampton. He was an unused substitute against Newcastle and Liverpool before making his Arsenal debut at Old Trafford as a late sub.

September

It was a whirlwind month for Alex, who scored in both his appearances. The young winger hit a cracker to help beat Shrewsbury and opened the scoring against Olympiacos in the Champions League. “I always used to watch Arsenal and I loved the way they played football,” he said. “I think it was the manager, stadium and fans that sold it for me."

October

Alex featured once during the month, starting the Carling Cup clash against Bolton to help the Gunners make it through to the competition's last eight.

November

Alex's exciting reputation was fuelled once more with a man-of-the-match display against Manchester City in the Carling Cup.

December

Alex forced his way into the majority of Arsene Wenger's Premier League squads over the month without featuring. He did, however, impress in the team's Champions League defeat to Olympiacos at the beginning of December.

January

Alex started three matches for the Gunners during the month - playing a starring role against Manchester United - and made one substitute's appearance. "He looks to have [the same fearlessness as Rooney]," said Arsene Wenger. "Now he has to show that he can play all the time but I believe he can. We have produced more players in the last 15 years than all of the top clubs in Europe put together and we are not scared to play players when they are of the level. I believe he has [that level]."

February

Alex featured six times over the course of the month, and scored his first Premier League goals in the 7-1 defeat of Blackburn. “He’s not someone who thinks about negatives, just positives and you can enjoy the game like that. I had that as well when I was younger,” Robin van Persie said about the teenager.

March

Alex played his part in an excellent month for Arsenal, featuring in five of the team’s six matches. He impressed in a central role against Italian champions AC Milan before starting against Newcastle six days later. “I just feel part of the squad now, I am really comfortable with all of the lads, the fans and feel a massive part of it," said the 18-year-old. “Maybe not so much now but I can see myself being a part of Arsenal's future. That is where I would like to be anyway and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure I achieve that."

April

Alex featured in all but one of Arsenal's matches but was used mainly off the bench. His one start came in the goalless draw against Chelsea after substitute appearances against Manchester City, Wolves and Wigan.

May

Alex appeared as a second-half substitute in the 3-3 draw against Norwich.