Oxlade-Chamberlain promises to wow Arsenal fans

The England international is hoping to entertain the Emirates faithful next season, but acknowledges that winning and playing interesting football are not always compatible.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to excite Arsenal fans this season, but acknowledges that entertaining the crowd and winning matches aren't always easily compatible.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a promising debut season for the Gunners earning a call to Roy Hogson's England squad for Euro 2012, as well as being nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Season award.

Now the teenager hopes to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and enthrall the crowd, though is prepared to dilute some of that flair for the greater good of the team when required.

"You just have to look at somebody like [Lionel] Messi," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club's official site. "Whenever I watch him play, I am expecting him to do something amazing.

"I like to take people on and be an exciting player, that is just my game. People expect you to be exciting all the time but sometimes you just have those matches where that side of the game is not coming off or you are working harder to defend for the team and keep it simple.

"Then some people might think 'oh, he didn't play well today' because they are expecting you to take players on all the time."

Oxlade-Chamberlain also spoke of the growing expectation on his shoulders, and how he plans to deal with the added burden, but was keen to stress that he placed as much pressure on himself.

"Everybody in the team has got massive expectations on them. Every time we step on to the pitch we are trying to do our best because we have a massive responsibility to try to get results," he added. "I wouldn't say you think about it too much because it is all part of your job and you have to deal with it. More than anything, I put that expectation upon myself."

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