By Joe Brewin
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he was unsure about how he would cope at the Club when he joined this summer. But the highly-rated 18-year-old now says he is adjusting to life well at Emirates Stadium following his move from Southampton, despite his initial apprehensions.
The winger has had a busy fortnight. He made his Arsenal debut at Old Trafford and then put in two eye-catching appearances for the England Under-21 side. After just a few weeks at the Club, Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be relishing his new standard but, he revealed, there were nerves at first.
“I didn’t know how I’d cope straightaway,’ he said. “After making the step up you feel there’ll be a few days where you adjust and have to accept you might not feel as comfortable or on the ball in training as you could.
“Obviously I was nervous but then once you get in here you just get on with it really.
“I’m starting to settle in a bit more now. I feel more comfortable around the boys, and when you do form more of a relationship you’re not so worried about making mistakes.
“When you feel like that you tend not to make as many. I’m still coming to terms with it all but I’m happy with the way I’ve started.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives at the Club with a strong reputation for pace and flair, and the winger discussed his other strengths in detail with Arsenal.com.
“I’m quite confident to take people on – if there’s a one against one I’ll definitely take it on if I feel I can get a cross in or set someone up,” he said.
“If there’s a shot on I like to take the opportunity as well, and I like passing the ball – which is one of the reasons I came to Arsenal.
“But I’m a player that likes to come up with an end product – whether that’s a goal, an assist or helping the team to get good results.”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 9 Sep 2011