By Rob Kelly
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be making waves in the Premier League right now but he is simply relishing the chance to learn from his team-mates.
The 18-year-old has earned a host of plaudits in recent weeks following some eye-catching displays, and he scored his first top-flight goals in the 7-1 defeat of Blackburn on Saturday.
While Oxlade-Chamberlain is delighted to be playing alongside the likes of Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry, he admits he still has much to learn at this juncture of his career.
“I'm one of the least experienced players in the squad so any player who gives me a comment always helps me, whether it is positive or constructive criticism,” he said.
“I listen to everybody. People like Thierry and Robin who score goals and are attacking players like myself, you can always learn a lot from them. That's all I do, I listen and learn.
“I have belief in myself and in my own ability. I just know that I have to keep working hard and learn off the boys, and then hopefully the rest will come. At the moment it's going quite well for me so I'm just going to keep working hard.”
A year ago Oxlade-Chamberlain was plying his trade with Southampton in League One, but now he is being tipped for a call up to the England squad for Euro 2012. So how has he handled the jump?
“It's been a tough challenge but I knew when I signed that I had to work hard and take little bits from everyone around me,” he said.
“There's quality players at this club and a quality manager so you just have to learn from everyone. I've just tried to take it in my stride and keep developing my game.
“[In terms of Euro 2012] I am just focusing on Arsenal at the moment and I'm also in the England Under-21 squad. All I can do is focus on what I am involved in.
“Obviously it would be very nice [to play in the tournament] but I just have to keep my feet on the ground and take it step by step.”Copyright 2013 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 7 Feb 2012