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Ox happy to bide his time

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he is not frustrated to be warming the bench this season, as he is convinced his chance to shine in a Gunners shirt will soon follow.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has found his chances limited this term, started only his tenth Premier League game of the season in Arsenal's 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday.

However, the England international stresses he is happy to bide his time as he looks to force his way into Arsene Wenger's side on a regular basis, adding that he is leaning from the advice of a departed Gunners great.

"I can remember Robin van Persie speaking to me about this last season," he told the Arsenal official website. "Robin said: 'When I was first at the club, I didn't start, the boss used to take me in and out.' It was the same with Theo Walcott. You have got to bide your time, especially when you're young.

"I'm only 19 years of age and I'm at Arsenal Football Club. 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.

"It's always nice for the confidence when you get a run of games. I had a few a couple of weeks ago, I think I played maybe five or six games on the spin and that was nice. I've got to expect to sometimes be pulled out because we've got so many talented players at this football club."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes the clean sheet he kept in the win against Stoke was just as important as the three points after a shaky few weeks for Arsenal's rearguard.

"It was vital for us to keep a clean sheet because we hadn't kept one for quite a few games," Szczesny said. "I hope we can repeat that next week.

"When Stoke come to the Emirates, you know they will play the long ball and will not create a lot of chances, but it is all about winning the first and second balls at the back and we did that."


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