By the end of October, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had already topped his best goals tally for a single season with us, but he had not finished there.
A last-gasp cross for Olivier Giroud just six minutes after coming on at Old Trafford helped us secure a vital point against Manchester United, while he also assisted against Sunderland, Stoke City and West Ham United, scoring a stunning strike at London Stadium in the process.
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So what has changed? For Oxlade-Chamberlain, it was all about learning from the world-class players around him.
“When you’re playing in a team like Arsenal and there are talented players all over the pitch, you just have to rely on them to find you when you make runs,” he told the Arsenal Magazine.
“In the past maybe where I’ve been more of a midfielder than a forward, I was more used to coming to the ball and wanting to get the ball, so I was picking up the ball maybe in deeper positions and not in behind the defence, which is obviously where you’re the biggest threat.
“This year I’ve just worked mostly on making runs in behind and just trusting the boys to find you with balls over the top. That’s when you unlock them and when you’re most dangerous so I think for me personally, what I’ve worked on the most this season is not coming towards the ball as much.
“That wasn’t always a natural part of my game. As I said, being more of a midfielder I was always more lingering on the edge of the box for the ball to come back out or being the person that’s crossing the ball, so I’ve tried to work on getting into more dangerous positions and scoring more goals this year.”
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