Arsenal have a point to prove against Chelsea, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arsenal lost by big margin their away games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Gunners need to be strong defensively maintain their attacking approach against the Blues.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: “We do understand what happened there last season. Maybe we have got a point to prove there, we know this year we have got to step up in the big games and get some results in them.
“We’re really looking forward to that game and I definitely think we can go there with confidence. We give Chelsea the respect they deserve – but, at the same time, I have belief in my team-mates and we believe in ourselves to be able to go to a place like Chelsea and set the tempo and hopefully take control of the game.
“There will be times in the game, I’m sure, when they have a spell because they are a top team.
“It’s two good sides, they are going to have their time, we are going to have ours. We just have to make sure that when we do have our chances we make them count.”
The North London derby ended 1-1 at the Emirates, Nacer Chadli opened the scoring for Tottenham in he 56th minute and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised for Arsenal to avoid a home defeat to local rivals. Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury in the first half of the game and were forced to leave the field.
He added: “I think that’s the risk you take when you play the way we play football – we send a lot of bodies forward in a positive and attacking fashion. You do leave yourself, at times, a little bit vulnerable to the counter-attack.
“As a team we do work on trying to stop that at source. Sometimes you do get countered and I think teams maybe set up to do that against us. But, as I said, you can’t have everything. You either don’t send so many bodies forward or you do, and sometimes you can be susceptible to the counter-attack.
“It is something we have always worked on because it is an area I’m sure teams look at to try and break us down. We have got to be ready for that and we will continue to work on it.
“We try to take control of games, we like to set the tempo, be positive and that sometimes means sending bodies forward.
“It’s just important that when we do, we have got people in the team that are willing to take the responsibility of holding back and being there to stop the counter-attacks.
“I love playing in this team, and the style of play that we do – and I think all the players would say that. But we do need, obviously, to be careful and make sure we are defending at the same time as when we are attacking.”
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