Ox - I wasn't worried about penalty call

13/14: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool - Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasn't worried by the penalty claim that could have turned Sunday's FA Cup tie against Arsenal.

The England international was arguably the Gunners' stand-out performer against Liverpool, opening the scoring in the first half, setting up Lukas Podolski's goal after the break and causing the visitors endless problems with his direct running and pace.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain had a fortunate escape in the second half when he caught Luis Suarez inside the box, not long after Steven Gerrard had reduced the deficit to 2-1 with a penalty kick.

"There are penalty shouts in most games, you just need to worry about the ones that get given"

"No, I wasn't worried at all," said Oxlade-Chamberlain afterwards. "There are penalty shouts in most games, you just need to worry about the ones that get given. Thankfully that one didn't get given.

"The most important thing was we kept it together. We had penalty shouts as well and I think that's what made it such a good game. Credit to Liverpool, they made it really tough for us again. They're a really good side but we're just delighted to beat them.

"Obviously it [my goal] got us off to a good start and the start that we needed. The boys kept it together after that and we did well in the first half, we looked dangerous.

"In the second half we managed to get another early goal which stood us in good stead. After they pulled one back we did well to hold it together at the back and see the game out."

Oxlade-Chamberlain added his own tribute to Lukasz Fabianski, who kept Arsenal in front with a series of fine saves.

"Lukasz is a quality keeper and you've got to give him so much credit because Wojciech's been unbelievable this season and it can be hard for a second-choice keeper, even though he should be a first-choice keeper, he's that good," he said.

"It's hard to come into big games like this when he hasn't played for a while and he's done that brilliantly well. The boys will definitely thank him for his contribution today and the boss can see what a talent he is."

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