By Joe Brewin
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to make history in the Champions League on Wednesday night - even though he admits he was unaware of his achievement at the time.
The summer signing became the Club’s youngest scorer in the competition – and the youngest English scorer - with his eighth-minute strike against Olympiacos.
Oxlade-Chamberlain now has two goals in two starts for Arsenal but he was oblivious to his latest feat until after the final whistle.
“Somebody said that to me after the game, I didn't know that before,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “I don't take too much notice of statistics but I guess that is a nice little milestone to have.
“I am proud to score in the Champions League tonight for the team. I made a little contribution and I'm hoping I can push on from here and improve.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a hit at Emirates Stadium since his switch from Championship outfit Southampton. And despite making a significant step up this summer, the teenager has taken it all in his stride.
“There are always a few nerves but you just want to do as well as you can for the fans, the manager and the rest of the boys,” he said. “I wasn't too nervous though - at the end of the day football's football and if you are confident in your own ability and work hard enough the talent should take over.
“To get my first start in the Champions League I was very honoured and very proud but most importantly we got the three points. It was a massive game for us to build on our momentum from Saturday. It was a really good game and I am happy with the way it turned out.”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 Sep 2011