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Oxlade eyes big year at Arsenal

ESPN staff
June 9, 2013
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 © PA Photos

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is aiming to become a key part of Arsenal's plans for success next season.

The England international, 19, was largely used as a substitute in the last campaign and only managed 11 Premier League starts.

But after using the experience as a learning curve, Oxlade-Chamberlain is sure he can have more of an impact next time out as Arsenal look to build on their fourth place finish.

"It has been an up and down season for me but I have learnt a lot," he said.

"No-one knew what to expect from me in my first season at Arsenal and everything I did was a bonus. This season people expect you to continue in the same way, and so did I.

"I have made a few steps forward in certain areas of my game, and had a few set-backs that have helped me to learn.

"But I am happy with how my season has gone, and the way we finished with Arsenal. I'm really looking forward to next season.

"I'm still young and every day I am involved with either Arsenal or England will help. I have to ensure I keep working hard and hopefully things will go well for me."

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