Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that there are a number of areas of his game that he needs to improve, not least of all his finishing.

With the Arsenal boss laying down a challenge that he should hit double figures this season, his sporadic start to the season has not been helpful in that regard but with the majority of the campaign still remaining he will be hopeful of staying fit and proving to Arsene Wenger that he has what it takes to be a real goal threat for the Gunners.

“I’m always working on areas I can improve”, he told Rabon [via Arseblog News]. “My finishing is probably something that needs work as I want to contribute with more goals. “That’s not just about the actual shooting but also mastering that knack of being in the right area at the right time to score the ‘easy’ goals, as they say.

 “As a footballer, you’ve got to remember that playing with the best players in the world is something you’ve always wanted to achieve. The likes of Mesut and Alexis are two of them, guys who have played for massive clubs in Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to learn from them. They’ve bought into the Arsenal way and what we want to achieve, so it’s great to have people like that in our team.”

The Ox should start at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup as the Gunners look to both rotate and field a team strong enough to put an end to their two-game losing streak.

A second goal of the season (or even a hattrick) from the Ox would be most timely.