He says his relaxed front hides a burning ambition to reach the very top.
“Football, for me, is life. If football's going well, my life's good and my life's happy," he told arsenal.com. “If it's not going well, off the pitch I'm not as happy and I go home and I take it around with me a lot.
“After every game, no matter what - whether it's a win, a loss or a draw - the first thing I do when I go home is I get on the TV and watch the whole 90 minutes again before I do anything.
“I generally won't go out for dinner or go and chill with my friends until I've watched the whole 90 minutes.
“Whether I've had the best game of my life or the worst game of my life I always need to look back on the game and see what I did well or could have done better.
“That's what I do and that's how seriously I take my football - it's not a job, it really is a lifestyle. Its 24 hour, on and off the pitch. You have to think about what you're doing and how that will affect you going into training."