by Nia Griffiths

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t had the best season in terms of injuries but praised his teammates for their FA Cup victory this weekend.

The youngster has been forced to watch a lot of this season from the stands due to an initial hamstring problem, followed by a groin injury. However, that didn’t stop him from celebrating the club’s 12th FA Cup win and congratulating his peers. Or setting up the fourth goal in the final.

“It’s a great place to be. I’ve always loved being at Arsenal and the group’s always felt like a great bunch of lads,” he said.

“But where we are right now with the boys who have come in and the boys who have grown up through the club – the likes of Jack, Theo and Kieran – it really feels like a great group of lads.

“It’s a really nice place to be and everyone gets on really well. We’re all in it together. This parade is lovely and this is what winning’s all about.”

Morale in the Gunner’s camp seems to be high and, with the likelihood of all of our main team staying this summer, it can only get higher.

The Ox also commented on our thirst for further success.

“That’s what we were talking about yesterday, that we wanted to go that step further and get more success. We’re motivated to do that but I’m glad I can enjoy this moment with all my team-mates and I’m really proud of all of them.”

Hopefully the midfielder now goes away and continues to work on his recovery.

Towards the end of the season, he slowly began to get a bit of playing time under his belt, notably against West Bromwich Albion in our final game of the season.

He’s a huge prospect and it’d be a shame if the 21-year old didn’t get a fully fit season next in 15/16.