Arsenal vs Manchester City: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Gunners can grow after confidence boost from FA Cup victory
England midfielder is hoping to use the 'winning momentum' that comes with a trophy triumph to win more success this season
Saturday 09 August 2014
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal are still benefiting from the feel-good factor of winning the FA Cup and thinks the triumph could spur the team on to more success this season.
The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Hull at Wembley in May - a victory that eased the disappointment of another underwhelming league finish.
Arsenal spent more than 100 days at the top of the Barclays Premier League last season but had to settle for fourth, seven points behind champions Manchester City, who they face in the Community Shield on Sunday.
"When there's a lot of talk about a team that should or could be winning things and it's not happening it can become a little bit frustrating," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"There's been a little bit of negative media about Arsenal in recent years but we always believed we would win a trophy soon and the squad we're putting together could do it.
"The fact it did happen, I don't know if it was a relief, it was a really nice reward for the togetherness we've had to show for a while now.
"It does start a winning momentum and once you know you can win, it gives you confidence - you can go into competitions thinking you can win and expecting to go far."
Arsenal have made bold moves in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.
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Sanchez, who scored 19 goals for Barcelona in La Liga last season, cost around £35million and is the club's second most expensive signing after Mesut Ozil arrived for £42.4million last year.
"It's really exciting to see someone like Alexis Sanchez come in as well as Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"It definitely brings a really good lift to the squad - I feel it myself.
"When you're playing with new players like that you want to get to know them, try to impress them and you want to gel with them as quickly as possible.
"It does bring a massive lift of excitement to the squad and we haven't even seen Mesut Ozil yet - when our Germany World Cup winners come back it will give us another lift again."
Oxlade-Chamberlain has his work cut out to get on the pitch this season as he jostles for a starting spot alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini.
One player who looks increasingly unlikely to feature in Arsenal's season, though, is defender Thomas Vermaelen.
It is understood that Vermaelen is close to a £15million move to Barcelona and could complete the transfer this weekend.
On Thursday, manager Wenger suggested the club's preference was to sell the Belgian abroad, rather than to a domestic rival, with Manchester United also interested.
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