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The Gunners' 18-year-old winger has revealed he is surprised at the speed with which his career has moved as he bids for an England call-up in time for Euro 2012

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he did not expect to come as far as he has in such a short period of time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has lit up the Premier League since he burst into the first-team at the Emirates Stadium, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sees the 18-year-old as a key member of his squad already.

There have even been calls for him to be taken to Ukraine and Poland in the summer for the Euro 2012 Championships but, despite his meteoric rise, the winger is determined to keep everything in perspective.

"Coming from Southampton to play at the Emirates is certainly a big change," he admitted.

“I would not say I expected to be where I am now, but I have always wanted to be here and have always worked to get to this - but I also know I have to work even harder now, to keep improving myself and make sure I stay here.

"I have always wanted to become a footballer, and going back to the Disney XD Aim High scheme, I believe you always have to aim high in life. You have to set high objectives and keep working to get there.

“With Dad [former England international Mark Chamberlain] being an ex-pro, he has been there and done it, so I listen to what he says and continue to learn a lot from him.

"He was the one who introduced me into football, then would not let me go off at Sunday League level. We went away and worked on the technical side of my game, then luckily enough I got into an academy at an early age."

Oxlade-Chamberlain was room-mates with Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale when they were all in the youth side at Southampton, and he feels it’s only natural for comparisons to be drawn.

He added: “Theo and I both came to Arsenal from Southampton at a similar age and play in a similar position, are quick and like to take people on.

“But we are both different people, with different attributes – everybody at the club knows that.”

The England Under-21 international has praised the management of Wenger, who has given him the chance to shine this season.

“He is a great manager and a great man - he knows what he is doing because he has done it with Theo and with Jack [Wilshere]," he continued. "I just listen to what he tells me and keep learning.

“I guess I tend to drift in to look for the ball without even knowing it, because I do like to get on the ball and make things happen.

"However, I have only had a few games - not even a full season of top-flight football - so I will play wherever they tell me to!"

Fans and pundits alike are calling for Oxlade-Chamberlain to be included in the squad for Euro 2012, but he has no plans to lose his focus on playing for Arsenal.

“I just keep my feet on the ground," he said. "All I can influence are my performances on the pitch. I have just got to go out and express myself, impress people and do well for Arsenal.

"That is what I will carry on doing - keep working hard and if anything else comes along, then great."

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