Arsenal secured progression in the League cup and extended their unbeaten run to 13 games, with a 2-0 win over Championship side Reading, with England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring a brace.
The brace against Reading has seen the 23 year old score 3 goals in the space of a week, and this season thus far has been Chamberlain’s most prolific in front of goal since his £12 million move from Southampton in 2011, with 5 goals so far.
5 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored five times for Arsenal in 2016/17, his best tally in a season for the Gunners. Firing.
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Chamberlain who has completed 90 minutes only twice this season, but staked his claim for a bigger role with a standout performance against Reading, and after the league cup tie, the midfielder discussed his first team hopes with the official Arsenal website:
“Any game that I play in is an opportunity for me to show what I can do. And whether it’s the league, the Champions League, the League Cup or the FA Cup – it’s all important.
First and foremost, it’s all game time and it’s good to get your confidence up and to try and play the way you want to play and it’s still a very good standard of football.
Reading are a good team, so for me personally, any chance I get to play is an opportunity for me to show and hopefully that form will carry over into the league and be rewarded with more starts.”
The England international, capped 24 times, also discussed the current Arsenal team spirit and the confidence within the club as they look to go one place better than last season’s second place finish.
“I think the spirit is really good in the team. Even when we drew to Middlesbrough on the weekend, it was almost like we lost the game and it shows how hungry this team are to win and we’re in a spell where we feel like we should be winning every game and we can win every game, so that’s a good thing.
So I think it is really positive at the moment and the team’s got a lot of confidence. I know from my personal point of view, I’ve got a lot of faith in the team and what we’re doing as players and I believe we can do good things this year. But there’s a long way to go.
The positive vibes around us are really important. We need to keep the momentum going and put them to good use.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday, with an away clash against a struggling Sunderland side and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fine form, may just have ensured he finds himself in the starting line up at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.