Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has highlighted an area in which he thinks he needs to improve.
It is a surprising one.
“The last time I scored a header was about four years ago — Carlisle away, for Southampton, in League One,” he told The London Evening Standard. “It is only the second header I have scored in my career. There won’t be many more!
“It is something I do need to improve on. It was an instinctive finish — I just tried to help the ball on its way. I haven’t seen it back so I don’t know how convincing the contact looked but I touched it so I am happy with that.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was speaking following England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland in a friendly international on Tuesday.
The versatile 21-year-old, who can play both as an attacking midfielder and as a winger, opened the scoring for the Three Lions after 32 minutes at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
The Arsenal youngster is not a prolific goalscorer and understandably so. After all, he does not always get to play in or move into positions where finding the target is easy.
Oxlade-Chamberlain does not need to start scoring goals. Both at Arsenal and at England, there are players who can score goals and are better in front of goal.
If the Englishman wants to improve that aspect of his game, then he should be encouraged. But his main job in a team is to create chances; as long as he does that, everyone should be happy.