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Sunday 4 December 2016

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Forget what Keane says, Arsenal are interested in winning trophies

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 2, 2015 in London, England
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 2, 2015 in London, England

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hit back at Roy Keane's claims that his team-mates are more interested in their looks and taking selfies than winning major trophies.

Keane's comments created headlines aplenty last weekend, as he claimed Arsene Wenger's players needed to pay more attention to their performances on the pitchrather than concerning themselves with a showbiz lifestyle.

Yet Oxlade-Chamberlain has suggested Keane's criticisms were misplaced, as the 21-year-old who scored the winning goal in Sunday's Community Shield match against Chelsea at Wembley offered this stout defence of the Arsenal squad.

"It is a new era, isn't it? Some people do it, some don't. We are serious about winning trophies," insisted the Arsenal midfielder.

 "Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we have been serious every single year I have been at the club about winning trophies.

"You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season. A lot of people don't see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are.

"We have always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we have won a few. This season we want to go that one better."

Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to admit his team-mates lacked the mental resolve to prevail in games against their chief rivals in recent years, but he believes they have now overcome that mental block ahead of the new season.

“It just seemed that in the big games we came up short sometimes and you wonder why," he added.

"The mentality going into those games was definitely a big thing. Since I have been here we've steadily got better at that, especially last year.

"The addition of Petr Cech will certainly help us. He is a quality player but him as an individual and a character who won things, that's another one with the winning mentality getting in our squad and can only help us going forward."

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