‘Alexis brings out the best in us’

When Alexis moved to north London in the summer of 2014, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was determined to impress our marquee signing on the training pitch.

Now they’ve got to know each other, the Ox says that Alexis’ relentless will to win is what marks him out. The Chilean star is never satisfied and Oxlade-Chamberlain knows that as well as anyone.

“You get to know someone over the years and play with them but he’s definitely one of those players who will tend to bring out the best in you because he’s very demanding on himself and on everyone,” he told Arsenal Player.

“The number of times we come off the pitch and we’ve won, but he’s still not happy with something. The Crystal Palace game for example, obviously we won 2-0 but right at the end of the game he’s cut in, passed it to me and then I shot, but Hennessey just about saved it.

“The boys were all happy in the dressing room but Alexis came to me in the shower and he’s like ‘My friend are you going to score?! Oh no my friend… I passed you the ball, you have a cup of tea, you wait… and then you shoot!’.

“I was just laughing like ‘Yeah, sorry my friend…’ He always wants assists, he wants goals and that’s what makes him the player he is. He’s always hungry for that and he passes that onto us all. We’ve got a lot of those sorts of characters in the team.

“Alexis is probably one of the strongest ones that will voice his opinions at all times. He is one of those that keeps demanding and trying to bring the best out of you."


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