Date: 29th May 2017 at 8:17pm
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he felt no fear when Victor Moses went down in the box in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea at the weekend as he knew he hadn’t touched him.

With the Chelsea wingback hitting the ground midway through the second half of the tie, the match day referee showing him a second yellow card and speaking to the Official Site following the game Ox admitted he had no concerns about a penalty being awarded.

‘I didn`t fear the worst, not at all. I think obviously when he went inside there was a moment when I sort of went to go for the ball, and then I thought he might just be a little bit ahead of me so I decided to pull out and not go for it.’

The England man went on to say.

‘So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn`t really go in my mouth. I didn`t realise he was on a yellow so when that happened, the sending off that was more of a surprise for me. But I knew I didn`t go anywhere near him and obviously it helped us to victory in the end.’

With him lining up at left wing back in place of Kieran Gibbs, Ox joked that with the positions he’d taken up this season that he knew left back would probably feature at some point – of course something he had said in a previous interview a few weeks back having played right wing, left wing, central midfield, right back and right wing back.

‘It was a little bit of a shock. Obviously it`s not somewhere I`ve played before. I think I said a few weeks ago that I might play left back soon. I was only joking so for it to happen in the final was a bit of surprise.’

Adding.

‘I`ve played left wing before and it`s something that I thought I could cope with and I could do, and obviously it was different and was a different task being on that side of the pitch but ultimately I was happy to do the job for the team. Maybe I felt a little bit off the pace after having a few weeks out but I gave everything I had. I think everyone put in a real good shift and the boys did what we needed to do.’

Oxlade-Chamberlain did admit that the nature of the performance on the day would lead to frustration for some because we haven’t achieved that level consistently enough this season.

‘When I look around that dressing room and training with the boys week-in, week-out…when we put in amazing performances then I know we are capable of that. Throughout the whole season it`s a big ask but it`s one that we need to be up for and I think the teams in the league have been as strong as I have seen them right down the division, and that obviously makes it harder.’

Ending by saying.

‘So it is frustrating. We think we can do it for the whole season but we need to improve and we know that. Performances like Saturday, after the semi-final, in a big game against Chelsea shows what we can do. It has given a bit of momentum for the club and for the fans to go into next season full of hope and I hope we can have a better year next year.’

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