By Joe Brewin
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready for his first-team opportunity over the Christmas period.
The young winger has shown flashes of brilliance since joining the Club from Southampton in the summer, featuring regularly in the team’s run to the Carling Cup Quarter-Finals.
Wenger has demonstrated his faith in the 18-year-old by starting him in both Champions League fixtures against Olympiacos, the first of which saw him become the competition’s youngest English goalscorer.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy to bide his time but he will be raring to go if he gets his chance during a run of four games in 12 days.
“I can't say [when I will play], I don't know, that's for the boss to say really,” he told Arsenal Player. “I'm just available if ever needed.
“There are a lot of games and maybe it is a time where players are going to be rested. It's a lot of work for the body physically so if I am required then I'm ready. I'm looking forward to getting an opportunity and I will try and take my chance.
“Everyone that comes into the team knows what's expected of them. At the end of the day we all train together at the same tempo and the same intensity so I think whoever steps into the team knows what's expected of them from the fans, from the boss and from each other.
“You're playing for Arsenal, you have to be on top of your game at all times if possible.”
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 20 Dec 2011