The Ox says Arsenal are happy with point against Tottenham

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain happily managed to knock in Arsenal’s equalising goal against Tottenham on Saturday, and although everyone would have preferred to win the game, The Ox is content that we fought back to remain unbeaten and is trying to look at it positively.

“1-0 down is a tough ask, especially in a derby – it’s not a situation you want to find yourself in,” he said. “Nerves can creep up at that point because you know how much it means to everyone not to lose the game. So we did well to come back into the game and make it 1-1. At that point I felt we had the momentum to go and win it. Personally I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t managed to nick the last goal and take all three.

“There are certainly some games we would have liked to have won, but the important thing is we haven’t lost and not losing those games I think that can play a role towards the end of the season. You never know how important those points here and there can be especially if you are not losing games – giving yourself a chance to build on that and build to win games.

“It’s a positive in one way – you have to show character to come back but it’s not a situation we want to find ourselves in too often. We set out to take control of matches, to set the tempo and I feel that at certain points this season we have done that and we have been counter-attacked, and teams have scored against the run of play. It’s not something we want to find ourselves too often, having to come back but if we are going to go behind it is a positive that the team can show character and not give up and get back into games.”

I guess we have to happy that Arsenal haven’t lost a League game since April, but four draws from the first six this season is hardly inspiring, especially when the last one was against an awful Spurs team and we had 80% of the possession!

Chamberlain – Arsenal can beat Chelsea by controlling the game

The Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to be in the news a lot more since his goal against the Spuds on Saturday and he has now revealed that the Gunners will not be changing their attacking style when they play Chelsea next week, but he expects a much better outcome than last years 6-0 demolition from Mourinho’s men last season.

“We do understand what happened there last season,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Maybe we have got a point to prove there, we know this year we have got to step up in the big games and get some results in them this year.

“We’re really looking forward to that game. We definitely give Chelsea the respect they deserve but, at the same time, I have belief in my team-mates and we do in ourselves to be able to go to a place like Chelsea and set the tempo and hopefully take control of the game. There will be times in the game I’m sure when they have a spell, because they are a top team.

“It’s two good sides. They are going to have their time, we are going to have ours, we just have to make sure that when we do have our chances we make them count.”

He was then asked if he thought that attacking Chelsea would leave them open to Costa and Co hitting them on the counter-attack, which the Blues do so well under Mourinho. He replied: “I think that’s the risk you take when you play the way we play football, we send a lot of bodies football in a positive and attacking fashion,”

“You do leave yourself at times a little bit vulnerable to the counterattack. As a team we do work on trying to stop that at source. Sometimes you do get countered and I think teams maybe set up to do that against us. But, as I said, you can’t have everything.

“You either don’t send so many bodies forward or you do and sometimes you can be susceptible to the counterattack. It is something we have always worked on because it is an area I’m sure teams look at to try and break us down in that aspect. We have got to be ready for that and we will continue to work on it.”

“We try to take control of games, we like to set out and set the tempo, be positive, that sometimes means sending bodies forward,”

“It’s just important that when we do, we have got people in the team that are willing to take the responsibility of holding back and being there to stop counterattacks. But, yeah, I do love playing in this team, and the style of play that we do, as I think all the players could say. But we do need to obviously be careful and make sure we are defending at the same time as when we are attacking.”

I guess we should all know by now that Wenger refuses to change his tactics no matter who we are playing, but I can’t help thinking perhaps we should be a little bit more conservative against Big teams like Chelsea. What do you think?

Arsenal very short of players for Fulham clash

Luckily for Arsenal they are going through a generous period of the fixture list and could probably afford to rotate a little bit, which is just as well as they have EIGHT players on the injury list ahead of this weekends fixture against Fulham.

Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen are all extremely doubtful for the game as Wenger explained: “Monreal looks a doubt for Saturday, a big doubt, because he twisted his foot on the kick. It is not the bruise, he turned and twisted the ligament. Rosicky had surgery with a general anaesthetic for a broken nose in two places. With a mask he may be available, but we have to monitor it closely,”

“Ramsey and Arteta are both out for this game. Vermaelen too. I personally believe the three will miss the Coventry game as well and will be available after that. Bendtner has a little chance to make Coventry. But in all probability it will be after that.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is said to be back in tip-top condition, but it is unlikely that Wenger will let him play the full 90 minutes so early in his comeback, so it looks like we could finally see Lukas Podolski given another hour to prove his worth.

But the good news is that all except Diaby and Walcott could be back for a gruelling set of fixtures in February and March…..

Arsenal must use the Ox next season or be prepared to lose him

When the fans hear Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, they think about, quick exciting football that makes fans lift off their seats every time he gets near the box. His athletic pace yet demanding strength allows him to get past players with ease, much like Theo Walcott should be able to. But the difference is the younger Englishman gets limited game time for what he’s worth.

Chamberlain followed Walcott in joining Arsenal as a teenager for a large sum of money. It’s reported that Arsenal paid £12 million for the Ox, showing not just that young English players are perhaps overpriced but mainly that he was and still is a fantastic prospect. His talent was recognised by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, but Chamberlain chose Arsenal in favour of development. Almost 2 years on Chamberlain has massively developed, but perhaps not as much as you’d think.

In his first season, he made an instant impact and seemed to be the most exciting prospect at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere aside. Fans expected Chamberlain to have an essential role in the Arsenal team this season just gone, however he hardly featured. Saying that he did make 40 appearances last season, however he rarely lasted the full 90 minutes with him either being subbed on or off an astounding 36 times out of the 40!

Although he clearly is getting game time and therefore developing, I feel that he adds something different to our team that not many players have, and therefore he should play a more important role in this Arsenal team. Chamberlain isn’t afraid to run at players and take a shot, whilst a lot of our other strikers dabble around with the ball on the edge of the box.

There have been rumours that Chamberlain will look to leave Arsenal at the end of next season if he hasn’t managed to hold down a bigger role. I’m not completely convinced by these rumours as I know he has stated in the past that he recognises he isn’t the clubs best player and that his age was also going to restrict him. But I also don’t completely brush the rumours away because it would be so easy for someone of Chamberlain’s quality to find a new club.

I think it’s essential that he gets much more game time next season because otherwise I think we could potential risk losing an exciting prospect that will no doubt be an absolute world beater in the next few years!

How will new transfers change the season for Arsenal?

Arsenal’s 2012-2013 pre-season has been somewhat overshadowed by the Van Persie saga which seems like it’ll rumble on into the new campaign. The flipside of this is that Arsenal’s new big name acquisitions have quietly slid into place setting Arsenal up for a genuine title challenge.

Perhaps the Arsenal board were prompted into action by the hostility they faced at the prospect of losing arguably the best player in the English game – RVP. Players the calibre of Giroud, Podolski and Corzola will offer Arsenal a wealth of attacking creativity which will surely make Van Persie head for the exit in two minds.

A move to Man United naturally seems like a step up, but when you consider Arsenal’s current talent pool and compare it to Man United’s; the boundaries start to blur. Man United seem to have festered a tad in recent transfer markets – they may have Ferguson’s ‘winner’s mentality’ and an inherent ‘top of the table’ mind-set but that can’t propel them forever.

Arsenal’s odds for this seasons Premiership trophy fall generally around 10/1 or more, and as far as sports bets go, that looks a good one. Predicting the title winner is becoming much more difficult than in previous years with Man City still to genuinely establish themselves and teams like Chelsea undergoing a recent resurgence. This is reflected in the generous prices offered at the various bookies and online casino. Many of these casinos offer sports betting as well but if you are looking for one with just the best casino games that take a look at www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au/online-pokies/.

If we consider that Arsenal already have players such as Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arteta to augment their new stars, their attacking talent is arguably second to none. Wilshere is due to return by Christmas and Oxlade Chamberlain represents one of the best English talents in the game. Perhaps the dizzying heights of 2001 to 2004 are set to return and Wenger will finally overthrow Fergie for good.

Walcott says that Oxlade-Chamberlain has given Fabio Capello a headache!

The Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott believes that the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last few weeks will give Fabio Capello a “good headache” when he has to decide who to take with him to this summers Euro 2012 tournament.

Walcott couldn’t hide his admiration for the 18 year-old and thinks The Ox will now keep his place in the Arsenal first team as well, despite his age. Walcott said: “He’s very direct and he likes to get at players, which is what any Arsenal fan likes to see,”

“He has plenty of confidence and is young – he’s a player who nobody in the Premier League has faced before so he’s totally new to the game.

“He’s learning every day in training and you can see now that he is getting games, which is very important. I think with the way he is playing at the moment he will keep that position.

“It was nice to see us both playing well and hopefully we can just continue to do it for Arsenal now. You never know what might happen with England.

“We have plenty of pace in this England team now. It’s not just Alex and me, it’s the likes of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young too – there’s so many I don’t want to leave anybody out.

“There are plenty of options for the manager [Fabio Capello] so he’s going to have a good headache I’m sure.”

Capello could certainly take all four of them to the Euros, but who would he actually pick to play when it comes to the crunch?

The Ox stays grounded while Wenger gives high praise indeed

The 18 year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has played in the last three games for Arsenal and has been extremely impressive in every one of them. Arsene Wenger praised his immense improvement and maturity after yesterdays contribution against Blackburn where he terrorised the Rovers defence and also scored his first two League goals for the Gunners.

Chamberlain had a late fitness test on his bruised knee, and Wenger admitted that he wouldn’t have taken any chances with his new young star if there was a serious problem. He said: “I would not have taken a gamble today. In a very short period of time he has become an important player who can make a difference. I rested him in the last 20 minutes at Bolton, so he was not pushed to his limits. The medical staff said there was no risk he could damage his knee, so that is why I decided to play him.

“He was not ready earlier in the season. He has made a big step in the last months. He produces team play, he is not only going forwards, he is contributing to the defending and has improved very quickly. He is a fighter as well, with personality. He is much more mature now.”

Despite Wenger’s praise the 18 year-old is keeping his feet on the ground, and refuses to listen to talk about him joining the senior England squad in time to play in the Euro2012 tournament this summer. When asked about the possibility he replied: “Not really. First things first, I have to keep my place in the Arsenal team and keep doing well for this football club.

“I am involved in the U21 squad at the moment, so that is what I am focusing on. Until that happens, I can’t really comment on that.

“Obviously it would be nice, it’s what I aspire to do as a footballer, but I have to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard.”

It is very unusual to see a brilliant prospect being just as mature off the pitch as he is on it. This young man is going to go far if he stays this level-headed.

***Arsenal v Blackburn Highlights – Masterclass from the Gunners!***

The Ox wants to play for Arsenal every week! (What fatigue?)

The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was at the centre of a storm when Arsene Wenger took him off against Man Utd yesterday, and his manager made the excuse that The Ox had been sick during the week and was suffering from fatigue.

But Chamberlain made no mention of being tired in an interview straight after the game, and today he is making it clear that he wants to be in the team every week!

“I was happy to get a start and obviously against opposition like Man United – it doesn’t come any better than that,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said on the official Arsenal website.

“I guess it does show Wenger has faith in me and that is a positive for me to take away, having the boss’ trust. I’ve got to make sure I repay that with my performances, working hard in training and when I’m on the pitch.

“Overall I was happy with my performance and happy to contribute to Robin’s goal. It was positive for me and mentally it puts you in a good position.

“That can always change in football though – you can have one good game and the next game is a bad one. You’ve got to deal with the highs and the lows. It was a nice performance from me and I’ve got to make sure I keep my place now.”

You can be absolutely sure that, after yesterday’s performance, the Arsenal fans would be more than happy to see him starting every week, but what will Wenger make of yesterdays protests?

Oxlade-Chamberlain – I haven’t made it yet at Arsenal so i’ll keep working until I do!

The young Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has burst on to the scene at the Emirates and has impressed everyone with his performances so far, and has even been talked about being a pat of the England squad to go to the Euros this summer.

But Chamberlain himself has kept his feet on the ground and is humble enough to know that he hasn’t really made the big time yet and won’t let all the hype get to him. He said: “I just don’t read too much into it at all,”

“I know in myself what I want to achieve and it’s nice that people do talk you up and give you hype but at the moment I’m not where I want to be.

“Until I get there I’m not going to pat myself on the back and I will just keep working until I get there.

“My personality is that I just take things in my stride, take things as they come and go along with it. I don’t think into things too much, I just let them happen and take shape.

“As long as I stay focused on my goals and my aims I just let the rest take care of itself. I don’t think you can be too fazed in certain situations because you just put yourself under added pressure and that’s not going to help you in a positive way.”

There are many youngsters who fall by the wayside when they start getting massive pay-packets and stat a champagne lifestyle, but I get the feeling that The Ox is not going to be one of them…….