Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may not be able to convince many of the club’s fans and the football pundits of his ideas, but he has had no such problem with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England international attacker has been at the Gunners since 2011, but he has yet to make himself a first-team regular.
Injuries have not helped Oxlade-Chamberlain, and neither has the competition for places. The 21-year-old can play as a winger and as a central midfielder, but in both areas there is depth at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the youngster, who featured for England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer, is not moaning about his lack of chances and insists that he is all for the team.
‘I have been [dealing with competition for places] for four years’, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘I know what this game is all about. I am a young lad in a very good Arsenal squad and I understand that.
‘I want to play as much as I can but I have bought into the idea of what our team wants to do this season and that means it will need all of us to pull our weight to start games or come off the bench. We have to be 100% focused for when our chances come’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is considered as one of the most promising young players in England, and one of the fastest too.
The former Southampton youngster’s performance against Borussia Dortmund away from home in the Champions League on Tuesday was one of the best from the Arsenal players, despite him coming on as a substitute on 62 minutes.
With many of the Arsenal midfielders struggling for form and consistency, it may not be long before Wenger decides to put Oxlade-Chamberlain in the starting line-up on a regular basis.