Arsenal ace reveals advice from Man Utd’s Van Persie

12:06 04 February 2013

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still has Robin van Persie’s advice ringing in his ears as he bides his time to become a first team regular at Arsenal.

The 19-year-old has yet to nail down his place in Arsene Wenger’s side but insists he is prepared to be patient, and says Van Persie had some words of wisdom for him last season before he left for Old Trafford.

“I can remember last season, Robin van Persie came and spoke to me,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal’s official website. “He said, ‘when I was first at the club, I didn’t start, the boss used to take me in and out’.”

He added: “Look at the season he had last season, he was a key player. It was the same with Theo. You’ve got to bide your time, especially when you’re young.

“I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club. I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times.”

The youngster was handed a start in the 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday and he knows he has to make the most of the opportunities that come his way.

“Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it,” he said.

“It’s always nice for the confidence when you get a run of games.

“I had a few a couple of weeks ago, I think I played maybe five or six games on the spin and that was nice.

“I’ve got to expect to sometimes be pulled out because we’ve got so many talented players at this football club.

“Everybody wants to play so you’ve got to take being taken out of the team sometimes, let someone else have a go and make sure you’re ready to come off the bench and affect the games and help the team.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:51
Arsenal fans show their colours and support in the stands. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Alex Bellotti suggests the sanctity of match-going is being replaced by passionate fan communities online.

Thu, 18:36
Surrey winners of the Division 2 LV County Championship  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

English cricket will break with tradition in 2016 after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a new rule which will see the forsaking of the toss.

Thu, 07:06
Michael Peart (yellow/black shorts) defeated Kristian Laight at York Hall. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Islington lightweight ‘Mustard’ Mike Peart made a successful step up to six rounds as he comfortably outpointed Kristian Laight on Saturday at York Hall.

Wed, 17:46
Islington BC's Simon Collins

Islington BC’s Simon Collins recovered from a difficult start to clinch victory against home boxer Joe Dennison on a Banbury ABC show on Saturday.

Wed, 17:38
Hanover Primary School's successful squad at the Islington Schools swimming gala

Four Hanover Primary School students secured gold medals as their girls’ team finished triumphant at the Islington Schools swimming gala finals.

Wed, 17:34
Bethune (blue) beat Young London Meteors 2-1 in the Dickie Davies Cup. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division leaders Mile End are through to the next round of the Dickie Davies Cup after their impressive 9-2 win over Riviera.

Wed, 17:27
Left to right: Luca, Liam and Luan Veras with their medals at the Belgium Open Kumite Championships. Back: their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras

Brothers Luan and Luca Veras both overcame strong competition to pick up gold medals at the International Belgium Open Kumite Championships in Leuven.

Wed, 16:02
Chris Rainsford (left) in action on the road for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers were crowned national champions on Sunday as the prestigious UK 10k road race championships were held as part of the 30th anniversary of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.

Most read sport


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder