Chamberlain – From Arsenal massacre to England call-up in just nine months

The newest Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can’t believe his meteoric rise to an England call-up just nine months after making his debut for the Gunners in the 8-2 massacre against Man United.

He said: “I couldn’t imagine going from what happened at Old Trafford, which was totally embarrassing, to going to the Euros.

“I’d come on as sub when we were only 3-1 down — so you might blame it all on me! It’s something I never want to experience again.

“Now to get the call from the England manager is unbelievable. He told me I was being selected on merit and that he’d put me in the squad because he felt I could help the team.

“He mentioned that he’d seen me do well against AC Milan when I played in central midfield and that it was up to me to prove him right.

“Straight away that gave me a massive incentive to know you have a manager who believes in you and trusts you. It brought a big smile to my face.

“I’m going to do everything to show he was right to pick me.”

That sounds like Hodgson fancies him playing in the Rooney role, so perhaps he will get a chance to prove himself in an early game while Rooney is banned. Chamberlain has only made 15 starts for Arsenal in his career, but he could come back from the Euros as an England hero. Meteoric indeed!

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Wenger – I didn’t panic buy after Man Utd massacre

Back in the summer when Arsenal got off to their worst start to the season in living memory, which was compounded by their worst defeat for a century when Man Utd destroyed them 8-2, Arsene Wenger had a sudden flurry in the transfer market.

In the following days after the defeat Wenger brought in Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun and Ju Young Park to strengthen all areas of the team, but Wenger is adamant that the rush of activity had nothing to do with the result against United.

He was directly asked if it was panic-buying after the massive defeat. “No not really,” Wenger replied. “It was more linked to the fact that near the same date we knew Wilshere would have surgery, Diaby had not recovered, Vermaelen needed surgery and Gibbs was injured as well.

“We felt we could not go on like that, so it was more down to medical reasons than the result.”

If this is correct Arsene, then don’t you think you should have a look at the medical problems that we have at the moment? If anything the situation is worse now than it was in August!

Let’s hope that Man Utd don’t massacre us again……

Wenger – The Man Utd 8-2 scoreline was an ‘accident’ and we can get revenge

Arsene Wenger thinks that Arsenal can bounce back from the defeats against Fulham and Swansea in the last couple of weeks and can get beat Man Utd at the Emirates this weekend.

He is hoping for revenge for the record 8-2 defeat inflicted by Man United back in August, which he believes was simply “an accident” that was due to “special circumstances”.

Wenger also admitted that he forced himself to watch a rerun of the massive defeat to see where it all went wrong. “I have seen it again because you have to face reality,” he said.

“It was under special circumstances. Nobody is too keen to dwell on that, we want to move forward and show what we are really made of. That’s why this kind of game on Sunday is a good opportunity to show we have moved on.

“I am convinced that the 8-2 scoreline does not have a big meaning because it was an accident on the day. But we are now in a position when you want to make points and it is important that we keep the belief high and that we focus on giving absolutely everything on Sunday and win our game.”

One thing in Arsenal’s favour is that, since the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at the start of the season, the Gunners are unbeaten at home, whereas the last two defeats were on the road. Hopefully that run can continue this weekend. But I wouldn’t put money on it!