Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was honest in his interview after the Gunners earned a narrow victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, admitting the players had let standards slip during their woeful run of form.
The Gunners had lost five of their last eight Premier League games ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium, recently suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace which has all but ended their chances of a top-four finish.
And after stopping the rot to Middlesbrough, Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed players haven’t been giving their all of late.
“It’s a massive honour to play for a team like Arsenal. You’ve got to give it 100 per cent week in, week out, and maybe that had been slipping in the last few weeks. That was the first thing we needed to get back to and we did that. The three points were massive,” he said.
Let alone questioning the desire of others, the English international’s own future is up for debate with rumours linking him to Liverpool.
The 23-year-old still hasn’t forced himself into the Arsenal first-team on a regular basis, but featured as a makeshift wing-back against Middlesbrough and impressed – boasting the most completed crosses and making the second-most amount of touches.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping he’s convinced his manager to keep him in the side for the weekend’s cup clash. Arsenal are 16/5 to win in 90 minutes against Manchester City in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final encounter.