Oxlade-Chamberlain: I'm still learning at Arsenal

The young midfielder says that he is still in the educational phase of his career and tells fans to expect more from him next season after being used as an impact player this term
Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has called for patience as he continues his development but expects to make significant progress next season.

The 19-year-old has emerged as one the country's brightest young talents since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Southampton in 2011, his debut campaign with the Gunners earning him a spot in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad last summer.

Since then, however, his starting opportunities with the Gunners have been largely limited to substitute appearances, with manager Arsene Wenger opting to use him as an impact player, something which Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts is crucial to his education as a Premier League footballer.

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"It has been difficult," he told Arsenal's official matchday programme. "There is always pressure but maybe people forget that I am only 19 and will still be 19 at the start of next season.

"When you have a good first season, especially at 18, people hype you up and really want to see you kick on. They expect you to play lots of games and do really well.

"I have tried to carry on from last season but sometimes you have to realise that you are a young lad and have a lot to learn.

"The experience of being in a club and league like this is a great education at this age. You always want to start but your responsibility when you are on the bench, especially as a winger, is to come on, change the game and help drive the boys forward.

"That is what I have been trying to do, to make things happen and add a different dynamic to the game. I have been working on things like my team play, my defensive play and get tin back into the right positions off the ball, and these things aren't often noticed.

"I started pre-season playing in central roles and have played there in training, so I am trying to develop that as well. I am happy with the way things are going and the most important thing is that the team finishes where we need to. I am happy to be a part of that."