By Nick Ames
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to keep adding end product to his game - whether that means goals or assists.
The 18-year-old has scored in three of the four competitions in which he has represented Arsenal this season: his Premier League brace against Blackburn last month followed goals against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup and Olympiacos in the Champions League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a creator as well as a converter of chances - memorably setting up Robin van Persie against Manchester United - and he is working hard to improve his efficiency in front of goal.
“I scored a few goals at [former club] Southampton, but it’s a big area of an attacker’s game and it’s one I’ve always wanted to work on particularly,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
“When I was younger I scored quite a lot but that dropped off as I got older and went into midfield. It’s something I always look to bring to my game – and if I can’t score then at least I can set somebody else up.”
After a gradual introduction to first-team football, the 18 year-old has made his name in recent weeks and seems to relish the challenges that top-flight action brings.
“To be honest, when I arrived in August the main thing was just to get comfortable with my surroundings and gain in confidence,” explained Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“Hopefully I already had the raw materials. I’ve learned a lot here and developed my game, but the main thing has been belief in myself. When you play in a few games and realise that maybe you can cope in the Premier League you do take confidence from it.
"That’s what I’ve done - I do thrive on pressure and being put into these situations, and I’m looking to push on now."
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