Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claims this season has been his best

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

The 21-year-old feels a more game time in the Premier League and Europe has benefited him.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels the 2014/15 campaign has been his best at the Emirates Stadium since joining the club from Southampton. 

The 21-year-old has made a total of 36 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring on three occasions. 

He told the Daily Mirror: "I did feel [this season] was my best campaign. Game time is obviously a plus - I felt like I was getting my fair share of that and I felt strong. For the first time I was an important part of the team.

"When you're a young lad in a team like Arsenal you feel like, of course, you deserve to be at the club… but you're on the periphery and there are world class players and more experienced players around you."

What do the statistics say when it comes to his claim that he has had his best season as part of Arsene Wenger's team?

Statistics from 2014/15 season [including Champions League]: 

  PositionTeamGoalsScoring Attempts per gameBig Chance Created per gamePassing AccuracyTackles AccuracyBall Recovery per gameAppearancesMins Played
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain MF Arsenal 3 1.3 0.17 82% 76% 4.33 30 1,884

Statistics from 2013/14 season:

  PositionTeamGoalsScoring Attempts per gameBig Chance Created per gamePassing AccuracyTackles AccuracyBall Recovery per gameAppearancesMins Played
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain MF Arsenal 2 1.29 0.14 81% 75% 1.86 14 523

Statistics from 2012/13 season:

  PositionTeamGoalsScoring Attempts per gameBig Chance Created per gamePassing AccuracyTackles AccuracyBall Recovery per gameAppearancesMins Played
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain MF Arsenal 1 1.32 0.12 81% 93% 2.64 25 1,062

The midfielder has got more minutes under his belt this season than in previous campaigns, and has been able to produce more consistent performances due to the increased amount of time he is spending out on the field. 

There are elements of the attacking side to his game that remain similar, as he averages 1.3 scoring attempts per game, though his chances created per game are getting steadily, if only marginally, better. Then there is his passing accuracy, which has stayed around the 81/82% mark. 

His tackling accuracy was notably higher two seasons ago as well, at 93%, whereas in the two campaigns that have followed he has operated at 75 and 76% respectively. One eye-catching statistic is how often he recovers possession in a game, which has risen significantly over the past couple of seasons. This could be down to Arsene Wenger deploying him in a deeper midfield role of lat,e where he has become the man to start moves rather than finish them off. 

Recovering the ball is a key aspect to Oxlade-Chamberlain's role in the side, rather than operating in the final third, but seeing other areas of his game holding steady, and maybe improving a little, is welcome. As he grows into that role more, one would expect his tackling and passing accuracy to rise.

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