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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain knows that he has a long way to go before becoming a regular starter for the North London club.
The youngster, who made a big money move to Arsenal last season, has been eased into the first team by Arsene Wenger, who is a past master at nurturing talent.
The Ox is well aware that he has a big future at Arsenal, and knows that he will need to be patient, "I'm only 19 years of age and I'm at Arsenal Football Club," he said to the Arsenal website. "I know I've got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times. Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I've got to make sure I try and take it."
"Everybody wants to play so you've got to take being taken out of the team sometimes, let someone else have a go and make sure you're ready to come off the bench and affect the games and help the team."
Oxlade-Chamberlain announced himself on the Arsenal stage in a big way last season, but has not been up to scratch this season especially considering the form of fellow wingers like Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski. He was hailed as the "next-big thing in English football" prior to his transfer to the London Club but is yet to set the stage alight.
He will do well to remember that even stars like Robin van Persie had slow starts to their Arsenal careers but improved by leaps and bounds with time.
The Arsenal fans are expecting the same from the England International as well. With Walcott adamant on a central striking role, Alex might need to step up for the club before the end of the season.
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