By Joe Brewin

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he can be a big part of Arsenal’s long-term future.

The young winger has cemented himself into Arsène Wenger’s first-team plans since the turn of the New Year, starting in 10 of the team’s last 13 fixtures.

Oxlade-Chamberlain admits his run in the side has helped him settle into his new surroundings and the 18-year-old believes the only way is up.

“I think it's gone really well in terms of bedding in with the boys and into the squad,” he told “Not so much as a first-team regular as obviously as I am still young and there are lot of good players around me doing really well.

“I just feel part of the squad now, am really comfortable with all of the lads, the fans and feel a massive part of it.

“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.

“Obviously it is a big step up from League One last year. With the boss bringing me here in the first place that gave me confidence. He thought I had some ability so to have his trust gives me a bit of confidence and you can work on that.

“I have belief in myself as well but I know I still have a lot of hard work to do. There are just little things in your game that you don't maybe know when you are younger and you might not see in League One.

“You make mistakes and you get punished for them in the Premier League. You are always learning and it has been a good education so far.”

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16 Mar 2012