Football - Oxlade-Chamberlain learning fast

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has called for everyone to be patient as he looks to "kick on" again next season.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain has certainly come a long way in a short time since being signed from Southampton two years ago as a raw talent by Arsene Wenger, whose own future has again been called into doubt following links with a summer switch to big-spending Paris St-Germain.

However, after being called up into the senior England squad for the first time ahead of the 2012 European Championships, where he started the opening game against France in Donetsk, the 19-year-old attack-minded midfielder has seen himself used very much as an impact player for the Gunners this season, with only 11 starts in the Barclays Premier League, and just one since February.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, feels time is very much on his side.

"It has been difficult," he said in an interview with the official Arsenal matchday programme.

"There is always pressure, but maybe people forget that I am only 19 and will still be 19 at the start of next season.

"When you have a good first season, especially at 18, people hype you up and really want to see you kick on. They expect you to play lots of games and do really well.

"I have tried to carry on from last season, but sometimes you have to realise that you are a young lad and have a lot to learn.

"The experience of being in a club and league like this is a great education at this age."

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