AOC ready to dig deep for Arsenal win

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen for the team to play exciting football, but he is aware a winning result remains the priority.

Football News: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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The previous campaign is unlikely to be one that Oxlade-Chamberlain will soon forget, as he participated in his first full Premier League season with Arsenal and earned a call-up to England's Euro 2012 squad. 

Although Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signed several exciting attackers this summer, the former Southampton player is still expected to find a place in the starting 11 for the upcoming campaign.

While Oxlade-Chamberlain understands the Emirates Stadium faithful will be eager for full-fledged attacking displays involving himself, and new signings Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Carzola, he warned that there would be matches where the team would focus solely on grinding out a victory. 

"I like to take people on and be an exciting player, that is just my game," Oxlade-Chamberlain said to Arsenal Player.

"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."

The winger believes it to be naive of critics to expect the Gunners to always play fluid attacking football, even when they are at risk of sacrificing three points. 

"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 shared.

"But 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."

Arsenal start their new Premier League campaign against Sunderland on Saturday.

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