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Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has responded to Arsene Wenger’s comment claiming he doesn’t completely believe in himself’.
During pre-season, the Frenchman questioned why the 23-year-old hasn’t been in full potential after a promising start to his career. ‘When you look at him, it’s difficult to find anything that he hasn’t got but maybe he doesn’t completely believe in himself as to how good he can be.’
Now, Oxlade-Chamberlain has now responded to the comments in kind.
‘Going back to those comments, do I believe in myself? Yeah, of course I do,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain said. ‘But there’s a lot of external factors in there. How much you play, how you play, all constantly challenging you to doubt yourself.
‘Obviously there are times in your career when people doubt you, you have good form, bad form, get criticised, get bigged up. You go through spells of trying to find out how much to listen to, what to not pay too much attention to.
‘There will be times – and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times – when I lost a little bit of confidence. But the people around me, close to me, were the ones to tell me that I’d been playing slightly differently, not as confidently as I had been.
‘Then I’d look at my game a bit closer, how I used to play, how I played more positively and there had been times when I looked for more simple options.
“That’s part of developing and learning as a young player, you’re going to have good times and bad times, you have to weather those storms and come out on top.’
‘I have been playing for England since I was 18 and while I wouldn’t say I took it all for granted it just seemed to be a part of my season- to play for Arsenal and to play for England,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain added.
‘And so to be available and to be feeling good and fit – to not be in, yeah, it was a jolt. It was a wake -up call. I am not young now, I am 23, so you need to be performing and playing as much as you can to deserve a chance to go and play for England. Being back in the set-up now makes me realise how special it is and it is something I want to keep happening.”
“I didn’t speak to Big Sam at all. I was disappointed. I had hoped to be involved. I had a good pre-season and I felt quite strong so I was disappointed. But that happens. There are a lot of young players especially now that are doing really well and it’s not an easy squad to get into.’