Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal squad not fully-fit just yet

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has backed Arsenal's performance to improve once they hit full fitness.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that the Arsenal squad still do not feel that they are at full-fitness.

The Gunners have struggled in their opening two games of the 2014/15 campaign – picking up a late win against Crystal Palace and drawing away with Besiktas.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that their best is yet to come and once they have reached optimum fitness there will be a marked improvement in the quality of the team’s football.

"It is early in the season and you could argue that not everyone is at their peak fitness yet, understandably," he said to Arsenal’s official site.

"That'll come soon and obviously at the end of a long season and a long summer, to come back and get our team playing as it did at the end of last season sometimes takes a little bit of time.

"We have had a few games now and I think it will get better from here. The important thing is we haven't lost any games yet and that is something we can definitely build on.

"The technical side of our game will improve, I am confident of that. But the togetherness and the will to win is definitely there. That's our basis to start from and then the technical side needs to come after so we will push on from here."

The Gunners go into this season with expectations heightened after some good business this summer.

The club have brought in Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers on big money deals, whilst the signings of David Ospina and Mathieu Debuchy also look shrewd additions.

It means that there is an ambition for the side to get back into title contention and supporters are hoping that this squad, which looks strong, can put a stop to their prolonged wait for a Premier League title.

The initial signs have been a little concerning, with a number of players struggling to find their groove, but it appears that the players are not concerned by their slightly faltering start.

Arsenal take on Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park, in what looks a tricky tie, and they will be looking to show that Oxlade-Chamberlain is correct in his analysis that the side should get better by the game.

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