By Chris Harris
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cannot wait to get his first taste of a north London derby.
The 18-year-old is in contention for a place in the Arsenal squad for Sunday's trip to Tottenham after scoring twice in two starts for Arsène Wenger's side. His most recent contribution was to become the Club's youngest Champions League scorer after eight minutes of his European debut against Olympiacos.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's next chance to impress - if selected - will come in the white-hot atmosphere of White Hart Lane at the weekend. The powerful midfielder has a rather modest CV when it comes to derbies but he knows what to expect.
"The closest I got to [a derby] was Southampton v Bournemouth but I think that was more of a derby for Bournemouth rather than Southampton fans," he said.
"I obviously haven't been involved in a north London derby yet but the boys have all been telling me what a massive occasion it is.
"Just to be involved in the squad in any game, I am honoured to do that. If I am on the bench or in the starting line-up, I’ll just be happy to be there and I’ll give my all to help the boys out and try and get another win to build on our momentum."
Arsenal's last visit to Tottenham ended in a 3-3 draw in April. It was one of the most compelling games of the season and Oxlade-Chamberlain loved every minute.
"The game last season was fantastic - I was at home watching it on TV. I think that epitomises the derby so it's going to be exciting," he said.
"I have heard the boys say it’s a hostile environment [at White Hart Lane] but it’s a new challenge for me. I am just going to keep taking it all in my stride and keep learning from everything I see."Copyright 2017 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