By Rob Kelly
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he does not get nervous ahead of big matches because “football is football”.
The 18-year-old has started some of Arsenal’s biggest games this season, and played a starring role against both Manchester United and AC Milan at home.
Many have been impressed by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s composure, and the teenager says he is perfectly relaxed no matter who his opponents are.
“I've played so many games of football now and even though it is at a higher level, at the end of the day football is football. You are just playing with better players,” he told Arsenal.com.
“As soon as you feel comfortable and confident you just carry on as normal. I felt comfortable in the Manchester United game because I thought we came out in the second half and played really well.
“Playing in a team like Arsenal helps massively having all of these players around you giving you advice. When they are playing well, you feel comfortable and it helps you to play well too. “
Oxlade-Chamberlain says he only needs to look around the dressing room for inspiration or advice if he needs it.
“Robin has taken most of the headlines and rightfully so with all of his fantastic goals but quietly I think Tomas has been playing absolutely amazing.
“I started my career as a central midfielder and the way that he gets the ball in midfield, turns and runs at people just makes things happen.
“We have had some really good wins [lately], away at Anfield, at home to Tottenham and Newcastle, and AC Milan too even though we didn't qualify. It drives you on to want more of that success.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Mar 2012