Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he's still learning during 'difficult' second season
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes a ‘difficult’ second season at Arsenal can only help his development for the future.
The England forward has been a regular substitute for the Gunners during the second half of this campaign but knows he still has time on his side and has been working on his all-round game.
He burst onto the Premier League scene last season after a big money move from Southampton and was part of the England squad at EURO 2012 after some eye-catching displays.
And with Arsene Wenger in charge and working alongside some top players at the Emirates Stadium, the 19-year-old feels he is at the right club despite finding opportunities to impress harder to come by.
He admitted: "It has been difficult, there is always pressure,
“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."
It has been a whirlwind few years for Chamberlain, who only made his England debut with the U18s in November 2010 before progressing to the Senior squad less than 18 months later via the Under-21s.
And his lively appearances from the bench for Arsenal this season have kept him in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts as England fight for World Cup qualification.
He added in the official Arsenal match programme: "You always want to start but your responsibility when you are on the bench, especially as a winger, is to come on, change the game and help drive the boys forward.
“That is what I have been trying to do, to make things happen and add a different dynamic to the game.
"I have been working on things like my team play, my defensive play and getting back into the right positions off the ball and these things aren't often noticed.
"I started pre-season playing in central roles and have played there in training, so I am trying to develop that as well.
"I am happy with the way things are going and the most important thing is that the team finishes where we need to. I am happy to be a part of that."