By Rob Kelly

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he always knew Arsenal had the quality to mount a charge up the Premier League table.

Arsène Wenger’s side have won seven league matches in succession for the first time since October 2007 and are now in third position as the season enters its closing stages.

Despite a difficult start to the campaign, Oxalde-Chamberlain insists he was always confident the Gunners would reach peak form.

“It was always going to come as we have the quality in the squad to get results like this,” he told Arsenal Player.

“It was about grinding out certain results and concentrating on playing our game - that is what we have been doing recently.

“We have been playing the way we want to play and even when we haven't been able to, like at Everton and Liverpool, we have now been able to grind out results.

“Working together and believing in ourselves has been a massive part of it, and the fans have been a big help as well.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain says the confidence coursing through the team has manifested itself in the way they are approaching games now.

“When the team or a player has got a lot of confidence, things come naturally and you do things without realizing,” he said.

“Maybe a player whose confidence has been knocked would not do those things. When you feel comfortable, everything runs smoothly and that's the way we have been playing recently.

“You can see around the training ground there is a big buzz, the weather is nice and everyone is happy. It has been like that since the start, but when results are going your way it helps a lot.”

Watch the full interview with Alex on Arsenal Player from Friday.

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29 Mar 2012