By Josh James

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that Saturday's 5-2 victory over Tottenham can serve as a springboard for a winning run - just as it did last season.

Arsenal's home victory over their local rivals nine months ago proved to be a crucial turning point in the 2011/12 campaign, as the Gunners followed that derby day win with five more straight victories.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping history can repeat itself this season. "Football is a funny game," he told the matchday programme. "It can often only take one result like this to change confidence and spirit.

"When people are looking at us from the outside, they can't see how hard we are all working every day, and sometimes you can't put your finger on just why it isn’t working. But a day like Saturday can give a massive lift to the Club, and spark something.

"You don't know why it picks up but it does," he continued. "One thing we've always been doing though is working hard. The manager is working so hard, putting his faith in us, but lately it hasn't been clicking. Now though hopefully we can push on, starting with the Champions League on Wednesday."

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21 Nov 2012