'Arsenal are serious about winning trophies' – Oxlade-Chamberlain hits out at selfie critics'

Roy Keane slammed the Gunners for not caring enough about earning silverware but the England international thinks Sunday’s win over Chelsea has laid down a marker

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hit back at those who criticise Arsenal’s players for taking selfies, claiming they are serious about winning trophies.

The England international scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners beat Premier League champions Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield clash at Wembley.

But the Emirates Stadium outfit had been criticised in the build-up to the match by Roy Keane, who believed a number of Arsenal players were “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than winning.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain refutes those claims and feels that every member of the squad is hard-working and looking to help the team towards silverware.

“It’s a new era, isn’t it? Some people do it, some don’t,” he said of Keane’s selfie criticism. “We’re serious about winning trophies. Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we’ve been serious every single year I’ve been at the club about winning trophies.

“You can see that on the pitch. A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are.

“We’ve always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we’ve won a few. This season we want to go that one better.”

Arsene Wenger’s side finished third in last season’s Premier League but are being tipped by some to be reigning champions Chelsea’s nearest challengers when the 2015-16 campaign gets under way on Saturday.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain believes a stable squad means they can challenge right at the top of the table while they will take confidence from beating the Blues in the season’s curtain-raiser.

“We’ve all been together a good number of years, we’ve shared two consecutive successes in the FA Cup and we’ve had the highs and the nice feeling from that. That always helps. As a team we’ve suffered some upsets as well and I think we’ve grown from that and learned.

“It was what we needed against a good Chelsea outfit after the season they had last year. It’s important for us to come into these fixtures and lay down good foundations and good markers. I’m glad we did that at Wembley.

“It does help the confidence and that belief and faith going into that next fixture against them. Against any of the teams at the top of the table, that helps but it is a long season and it is very early doors.

“We can’t get too carried away with that but it is a good end to our pre-season which has gone really well.”

Ramsey: Pressure on Arsenal to win trophies is nothing new

The Gunners playmaker reckons his team can handle the expectation on them to achieve silverware and is optimistic of a successful campaign after winning the season curtain-raiser

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says the pressure on his teammates to win major trophies is “nothing new” and believes the club can achieve big things in 2015-16.

The domestic season in England got underway at Wembley on Sunday, with the Gunners defending the Community Shield by beating Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsene Wenger’s men lifted the FA Cup for the second year running last term and despite ending the campaign 12 points adrift of champions Chelsea, Ramsey is confident of closing the gap.

“There’s always pressure on Arsenal to go out and win games and win trophies. It’s nothing new to us as players,” the 24-year-old said. 

“We know what we’re capable of doing. We have a great team, a great squad. So we’re just excited as well about what this season may hold for us. We all feel confident that we can achieve something this year.”

The North Londoners begin their campaign at home to West Ham before an away trip to Crystal Palace and the Welshman acknowledges the significance of building early form.

“It’s important just to go into the start of the season focused on these games and to get off to a good start, because that’s what we lacked last season.

“If we do that and keep everybody fit we’ll have a good chance. We have to get off to a good start because last season Chelsea were strong throughout the season and they stayed top for basically the whole season.

“Hopefully everybody can have a successful and fit season. Competition is good and we have a lot of quality and strength in depth.”

Cahill still not convinced Arsenal will be Chelsea's biggest title rivals

FA Cup holders Arsenal lifted their second successive Community Shield on Sunday but the Blues’s Gary Cahill believes they will not be his team’s closest rivals in the league

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is unsure if Arsenal are his side’s biggest Premier League title threats this season, but he expects Arsene Wenger’s men to challenge.

A first-half goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped the Gunners claim a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.

The Manchester clubs and Arsenal are considered among Chelsea’s main domestic threats as Jose Mourinho’s men look to seal back-to-back Premier League titles for the first time in a decade.

When asked if Arsenal were his team’s biggest threats, England international Cahill replied: “I don’t know about biggest.

“But they’re certainly going to be up there. I’ve seen they’ve had a great pre-season, they look sharp, they’ve got fantastic players, so for sure they’re going to be up there.”

Cahill said the loss hurt Chelsea, despite the importance of the pre-season Community Shield often being played down.

“It matters a lot, we want to win, you play at Wembley you know it’s a big game. We get the feeling it’s a big game,” the 29-year-old centre-back said.

“Obviously against Arsenal it is big. But at the same time we’re in pre-season, we’ve come back a bit later than a few people, so we’ve still got to work hard this week, we’ve got another game mid-week to prepare for the season.

“I spoke before the game and said it won’t have an impact on the season. Of course we’d like to win and of course it’s a big game, so like I said we’re very disappointed.”

Terry: Defeat by Arsenal hurts but has no bearing on Premier League

The Chelsea captain is frustrated to have missed out on a trophy in Sunday’s Community Shield encounter but has no concerns that it could affect the start of their season

Chelsea captain John Terry says that defeat in the Community Shield by Arsenal “hurts” but will have no bearing on the new Premier League season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s stunning first-half strike was the difference at Wembley on Sunday as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger finally beat Jose Mourinho at the 14th time of asking.

But while Terry was frustrated to have to lost the season’s traditional curtain-raiser, he insisted that the result will not have any effect on where the Premier League title ends up in May.

“I thought we were on top, if anything. These games are always a bit slow with players finding their feet and fitness but it’s disappointing we didn’t win,” the former England skipper told the media.

“Losing is just horrible in all aspects – forgetting the record [Mourinho’s unbeaten run against Arsenal], it’s a trophy that’s gone now. It means a lot because you’ve earned the right to be here so we’re just disappointed.

“It hurts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly or the Community Shield – it’s a trophy, at the end of the day.”

When asked if the defeat will have an impact on the campaign ahead, Terry replied: “I don’t think so. I think it’s one of them where [Arsenal will] probably come out and say differently. They do mean something but, win or lose, I don’t think you can say that.”

Diego Costa was absent on Sunday due to his troublesome hamstring and Terry admitted that Chelsea lacked a cutting edge without last season’s top scorer.

“He’s a top player so he’s going to be missed in all sides,” the 34-year-old added. “It was a chance for Loic [Remy] to stamp his authority in the side, and [Radamel] Falcao second half… it’s down to them boys to fight for their place. [They are] three great strikers and they’ll all be fighting.”

'We abandoned nothing' – Wenger hits back at Mourinho jibe

The Chelsea manager argued that the Gunners had compromised their philosophy to beat his side in the Community Shield on Sunday but the Frenchman rebukes his comment

Arsene Wenger rejected Jose Mourinho’s assertion that Arsenal abandoned their philosophy to secure victory against Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.

A fine first-half strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved enough to settle proceedings in English football’s annual curtain-raiser, giving Wenger his first win against Mourinho at the 14th time of asking.

The Chelsea manager subsequently referred to Arsenal as a team “that leaves their philosophy in the dressing-room [and] changes their attitude”, in an apparent swipe at the Gunners’ defensive approach in the second half.

Speaking to reporters, Wenger responded: “We abandoned nothing. We defended well. Our game is based on togetherness, on solidarity, and defending and attacking well.

“I believe that we defended because there was maybe a bit of a psychological hurdle ahead of my players. They were more concerned with protecting our lead against Chelsea rather than playing attacking football. We have to accept that and I don’t think that’s giving up your philosophy, it’s a punctual fact that we wanted to win a game like that. I’m quite proud of that.”

Wenger, who insisted that he had not taken extra satisfaction from finally masterminding a victory over Mourinho, highlighted the significance of former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in preserving Arsenal’s advantage.

“He did well,” the Frenchman enthused. “Maybe he had an influence on the Chelsea players as well because they felt that, to score against him, they had to score the perfect goal.

“When you have that, sometimes you want to try too hard. It happened especially with Eden Hazard when he had that chance in the box.”

Jack Wilshere missed Sunday’s match due to an ankle problem which he sustained in training the previous day, with Wenger suggesting that it will only be “a matter of days” before the England midfielder is available again.

Wenger was also invited to comment on fresh speculation linking Arsenal with a move for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

“No, nothing is happening,” he replied. “Honestly, no. I don’t know who brings that up. Is it Spanish media or English media? I don’t know.”