The Ox has been used sparingly by manager Arsene Wenger so far this season, but he’s retained his place in the England setup under Roy Hodgson for the latest round of international games.
He’s explained that intense criticism, often greater at international level, is something that he and any other player just has to take on the chin and deal with.
“Playing for England, you will come under criticism at some point. There are a lot of fans from different clubs who support England and they will always have their own opinions going through the season on whether you should be in the squad or not. These are the things you have to deal with,” he told the Daily Express.
Encouraging statement from a talented young man
The Ox is a good example of a young player who has been trying to make a name for himself at one of the biggest football clubs in Europe.
He seems to be mature beyond his years and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger deserves a pat on the back for the way he has looked after and nurtured the player through his recent career.
That’s enabled him to be in a position where he’s been able to deal with criticism after a poor performance for England more effectively.
One of the main challenges for any international player is how they respond following a setback and the Ox looks as though he’s ready to embrace the international scene for many years.