Oxlade-Chamberlain vows to keep Arshavin and Co out of Arsenal side
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to keep his place in Arsenal's starting line-up after impressing for the Gunners on his full Premier League debut.
The 18-year-old, who joined the north London club in a 12million deal during the summer, set up Robin van Persie's second-half goal in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.
Speed demon: The youngster impressed on his full Premier League debut
But the winger was substituted shortly after the goal much to the disapproval of the Emirates faithful.
Manager Arsene Wenger was roundly booed after replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain with the under-fire Andrey Arshavin after 74 minutes – while a visibly angry Van Persie also appeared to dispute the decision.
'It was a nice performance from me and I've got to make sure I keep my place now,' Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
Substitution: Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced much to the disapproval of the Arsenal fans
'I was happy to get a start and obviously against opposition like Man United – it doesn't come any better than that.
'I guess it does [show Wenger has faith in him] and that is a positive for me to take away, having the boss' trust. I've got to make sure I repay that with my performances, working hard in training and when I'm on the pitch.
'Overall I was happy with my performance and happy to contribute to Robin's goal. It was positive for me and mentally it puts you in a good position.
'That can always change in football though – you can have one good game and the next game is a bad one. You've got to deal with the highs and the lows.'