Oxlade-Chamberlain happy with England performance

The Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a surprise inclusion in the England squad to go to the Euros, but it was even more of a shock that he was picked to start in England’s most important Group Game against France yesterday.

But, as always, the 18 year-old kept his feet firmly planted on the Ukranian ground and was just pleased that he Roy Hodgson had faith in him to do the job, although he admitted that he didn’t get much chance to show his breakneck speed against the tough French defence. He looked pretty strong when he went forward and looked like he’s taken a high dose of hmb to help his muscle development!

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.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – Don’t worry! I’ll perform for England

The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have been a shock inclusion for England after just having made just six League starts for the Gunners this season, but he still seems quite relaxed about it all and has confirmed (for me at least) that he can handle all the pressure that may be thrown at him.

“The way I see it is that if you play football you want to play for clubs like Arsenal then you want to play for a country like England as well,” he said on Arsenal.com.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – Theo will look after me at the Euros!

The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still pinching himself after getting a shock call-up for the England squad for this summers Euro2012 tournament, but extremely happy that the more experienced Theo Walcott will be there to show him the ropes.

“It is massive to have Theo in the squad as well,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said on the official Arsenal site. “To be named in the squad, straight away you think of everyone else there.

“I have been watching the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry for a number of years on TV and also playing for England. That only seems like yesterday and now I’m going to be going with them, it is a bit daunting but I can’t wait.

Wenger confirms that The Ox will play against Aston Villa (and he wants to win the FA Cup!)

Arsene Wenger has today confirmed that there is nothing wrong with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s calf (although the Arsenal boss still insists that he was suffering from fatigue when he took him off last week) and the 18 year-old will definitely be playing a part in this weekends FA Cup match against Aston Villa.

Wenger said: “He is alright, it was just fatigue. His calf was not gone or anything like that, he just started to tire a little bit. It is normal for a guy who plays a game at that intensity. But health-wise he has no problem. He will be involved on Sunday.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain defends Wenger’s decision-making

I have never seen such anger from Arsenal Blogs and fans directed at Arsene Wenger before (although he has made bad substitutions for years!).

Few people can understand why he replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Andrei Arshavin yesterday, which could be directly surmised as the reason why Arsenal lost the game, but the youngster himself still supports Wenger’s decision.

“It’s the boss’ decision at the end of the day,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “He is the boss and he’s a top quality manager, you’ve seen how many years he’s been at Arsenal and all the great decisions he’s made, so whatever the decision is I will respect him.

Should Wenger unleash The Ox against Man United and drop Arshavin?

The new young Arsenal striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been impressive every time he has been given a run-out by Arsene Wenger, and many fans think that he should now be given a starting place ahead of the inconsistent Andrei Arshavin.

Now that Arsenal are big outsiders in the England Premiership betting lines, then surely it is time for Wenger to start blooding his young talents so they are ready to play a full part next season.

The Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny feels that The Ox is ready for the first team, but thinks that if Wenger has decided to be patient then the managers decision should be respected.