Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain acknowledges 2015/16 campaign is a big one for him

Oxlade Chamberlain

The Arsenal midfielder has been spent the last two seasons battling niggling injuries, but is eager to impress in 2015/16.

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told the club’s official website that next season is a big one for him on a personal level.

The England international put in an eye-catching performance during Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Singapore Select XI on Wednesday as he returns to fitness ahead of the new season.

He spent the vast majority of 2014/15 on the injury table, missing most of the second half of the campaign through injury, and he is keen to make up for lost time next year.

“I’ve seen every year as a big one for me and this is no different,” he told arsenal.com.

“I do see this season as an opportunity. First and foremost, you have to do everything you can to stay fit, so I’m working on that. Then you never know what can happen in football. You’ve got to be positive and take any opportunities you get.”

Increased competitiveness

Many are anticipating a potential Premier League title challenge from the Gunners in the season ahead after their fine run of form at the end of last campaign saw them finish third and secure a second successive FA Cup triumph.

They have already added Petr Cech to their ranks to strengthen what has been a problematic position for them, and are expected to improve in other areas as well to give Arsene Wenger competition in all areas of the field.

Oxlade-Chamberlain says there has already been a competitive edge to training as every player on the Gunners' books looks to make selecting a preferred starting XI as difficult as possible for their boss.

“There’s been a lot of competitiveness in training,” he added.

“There’s been a high standard set and even the boys that have just come back look sharp and ready. That’s what we need looking ahead to the start of the season.”

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