Setbacks have made me a better player, says Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain

The 19-year-old featured sparingly for the Gunners last season, but the youngster says he has learnt a lot from his time spent on the bench and is eagerly awaiting the new season

Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits to having had “a few setbacks” last season, but is targeting a return to form in the 2013-14 campaign.

The 19-year-old only made 11 starts in the Premier League last season, scoring just one goal, and was largely reduced to the role of impact substitute.

But, following his goal against Brazil in the Maracana, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has learnt a lot from his rough patch and is eagerly awaiting the new season.

“It has been an up and down season for me but I have learnt a lot,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Mirror.

“No-one knew what to expect from me in my first season at Arsenal and everything I did was a bonus. This season people expect you to continue in the same way, and so did I.

“I have made a few steps forward in certain areas of my game, and had a few setbacks that have helped me to learn.

“But I am happy with how my season has gone, and the way we finished with Arsenal. I’m really looking forward to next season.

“I’m still young, and every day I am involved with either Arsenal or England will help me.

“I have to make sure I keep working hard and hopefully things will go well for me.”

Arsenal ended the previous campaign with eight wins from their final 10 games as they edged out rivals Tottenham in the race for fourth-spot, and Oxlade-Chamberlain has backed the Gunners to carry that form into next season.

“The way we finished the season and the confidence we take from that will stand us in good stead,” the youngster added.

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