Arsenal need to build momentum: Chamberlain

Reuters , Tuesday 29 Dec 2015

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil controls the ball in front of Bournemouth's South African-born English midfielder Andrew Surman (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 28, 2015. (AFP)

There will be a few 'hiccups' as Arsenal bid to lift the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 but the squad is strong enough to pull through any situation, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said.

The Gunners were quick to respond to Saturday's embarrassing 4-0 league loss to Southampton by easily dispatching relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Monday, thanks to goals from Gabriel and in-form Mesut Ozil.

The win meant Arsene Wenger's men moved to the top of the table, a point ahead of Leicester City, who host fourth-placed Manchester City on Tuesday.

"We're in a strong position now, it's where we would like to be," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club's website (

"There have been some hiccups along the way and I'm sure there will be a few more but we need to build on this half of the season and go into the New Year positively and in the right manner.

"You need to build momentum. It's all about getting the right results and as many results as possible from here.

"From day to day, we need to turn it around if we have a bad result. We need to turn that around and we got the right result."

"We know we're capable of winning games. The boss said to us that the team that lost at Southampton is no different to the one that beat Manchester City at home."

With Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck all ruled out with injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain hoped for a quick recovery for his team mates.

"We'll hopefully get some injured players back soon and that will boost us again, but the boys have been really good so far," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"We need to keep that going and today was a good step and a good way to end the year."

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