Date: 26th October 2016 at 10:02am
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been giving his thoughts following Arsenal’s two nil victory over Reading in last night’s League Cup clash.

Hosting the side at the Emirates Stadium for the fourth round tie, Ox got both goals on the night to take him to five strikes for the season, and as he spoke to the Official Site he reviewed his own performance, as well as the team performance.

Beginning with the team showing after the Middlesbrough game, he explained.

‘Yeah, I think it was what we needed. We wanted to win, that was the first thing. I thought Reading made it hard for us at times, they played some good football and obviously that team that we had out tonight, we don`t always play together as much. So at times we struggled to organise, but after a while we settled into the game and we organised between us a bit better and we managed to handle the game and I think it was comfortable for us in the end.’

Having praised Reading for making life difficult on the night, Oxlade-Chamberlain confirmed that he felt it suited Arsenal when teams try and play the passing game.

‘Yeah, obviously. But it depends how well they do it! We knew that they wanted to play out from the back and we knew that that was an opportunity for us to win the ball back high and then break and be dangerous sort of on the counter. I thought we showed that in spells. We created a lot of chances from winning the ball back off of them high. That was a credit to us because that was part of the game plan and we put it to good effect.’

With talk of getting more match minutes, he was obviously pleased with his current run of involvement, and he was hoping Cup form would work him more into league selection.

‘Yeah, I hope so. Any game that I play in is an opportunity for me to show what I can do. And whether it`s the league, the Champions League, the League Cup or the FA Cup – it`s all important. First and foremost, it`s all game time and it`s good to get your confidence up and to try and play the way you want to play and it`s still a very good standard of football. Reading are a good team, so for me personally, any chance I get to play is an opportunity for me to show and hopefully that form will carry over into the league and be rewarded with more starts.’

He also commented that this season there was a real positivity in the camp, and probably more so than previous years.

‘Yeah, I think the spirit is really good in the team. Even when we drew to Middlesbrough on the weekend, it was almost like we lost the game and it shows how hungry this team are to win and we`re in a spell where we feel like we should be winning every game and we can win every game, so that`s a good thing. So I think it is really positive at the moment and the team`s got a lot of confidence. I know from my personal point of view, I`ve got a lot of faith in the team and what we`re doing as players and I believe we can do good things this year. But there`s a long way to go. But as you said, the positive vibes around us are really important. We need to keep the momentum going and put them to good use.’

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