'I've been practising that chip'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain marked his comeback from injury with the equaliser against Lens - and revealed he's been working on the technique behind the smartly-taken goal.

The England winger, who had been out of action since picking up an injury against Barcelona in February, latched onto Serge Gnabry's pass before coolly lifting the ball over the keeper to earn a draw in Arsenal’s pre-season opener.

"It was quite a nice finish," he told Arsenal Player. "I do try that one quite often, but it's quite a difficult finish so it doesn't always come off.

"Luckily tonight Serge put it in the right spot for me to run on to, the keeper came running out so I thought I'd try to chip him, and it's nice to see it go in."

Oxlade-Chamberlain played the second half of Friday's 1-1 draw in France, and is now hoping to build up his fitness before the season kicks off against Liverpool on August 14.

"It's been a while since I played," the England international said. "I definitely needed some minutes in me.

“Obviously I felt a little bit off the pace at times, but it was a good challenge for myself and also for all the players.

"We have got two hard games to start with. Liverpool and Leicester are definitely two teams who will rival us, so if we can start well and get two good results that will stand us in good stead going forward."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores against Lens

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores against Lens


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