By Joe Brewin
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he “wouldn’t change a thing” about 2011.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed an eventful first four months with Arsenal, making both his Premier League and Champions League debuts.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has also found his feet at international level with Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21s and the young winger believes things could not have gone much better for him.
“It's been exciting for me this year joining Arsenal, I've loved every minute of it so far and I wouldn't change a thing,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I enjoyed the end of last season with Southampton too so I can't really complain about how this year has gone. I'm looking forward to 2012 and hopefully it can bring good things for this club and for me personally.”
The youngster has featured six times for the first team so far, scoring his first two goals for the Club in the victories over Shrewsbury and Olympiacos respectively. Arsène Wenger has tipped Oxlade-Chamberlain for great things and the player in turn has lapped up his manager’s advice.
“The stuff he says to me, to the team just makes so much sense,” he said. “It's just little things like that you can always pick up stuff. The main thing he's said to me is that I've got the ability to play at this level and it's just how much I want it. That just sums it up for me really.
“I know I just have to keep working hard, get my head down and keep pushing to put pressure on him to select me. It's encouraging to hear him say that to me because it's always good advice.
“If it's criticism it's always constructive and I do go away and listen. My relationship with him since I've been here has been very good, the same with Pat Rice too. I'm still young and I'm learning.”
Watch the full interview with Alex on Arsenal Player.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 29 Dec 2011