Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recalls advice from mentor Robin van Persie
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can clearly recall advices from the former Arsenal star Robin van Persie. In an interview to Arsenal’s official website, the young England international recalled about the time when the Manchester United forward, Robin van Persie asked him to settle down before seeking regular action in Arsenal’s first-team.
The 19-year-old forward told reporters he knew was young, which is why he would have to mature a little before becoming a regular in Arsenal’s first-team. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said that he had taken Robin van Persie’s words of wisdom to heart, which is why he is going to remain patient till he receives a call-up.
“I can remember last season, Robin van Persie came and spoke to me,” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s official website. “He said, ‘when I was first at the club, I didn’t start, the boss used to take me in and out’.”
“Look at the season he had last season, he was a key player. It was the same with Theo. You’ve got to bide your time, especially when you’re young.
“I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club. I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finally gave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a call-up in the 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain understands he needs to make the most of the opportunities he receives at such a young age in order to prove his worth to the team.
“Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it,” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
“It’s always nice for the confidence when you get a run of games.
“I had a few a couple of weeks ago, I think I played maybe five or six games on the spin and that was nice.
“I’ve got to expect to sometimes be pulled out because we’ve got so many talented players at this football club.
“Everybody wants to play so you’ve got to take being taken out of the team sometimes, let someone else have a go and make sure you’re ready to come off the bench and affect the games and help the team.”