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​Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain admits to crisis of confidence

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he has often taken criticism of his performances to heart but says he is working to become more confident in himself, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Gunners midfielder has endured another disappointing start to the season, once more failing to build on the promise of early games, and looks to be struggling to secure a regular starting spot.

Boss Arsene Wenger said in January that he believed the 23-year-old is "too hard on himself" and Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that he is still learning to deal with the expectations of others.

"I'm the type of person that tends to care a lot about what people are saying and what people are thinking," he told the club website. "I think as I've grown older I've learnt that you really can't please everyone.

"As I've got older, the pressure on myself and the expectations go up. You need to find a way to manage that the best for yourself and I'll be honest, it's not until recently, the last six months to a year or so, that I've fully got my head around how to go about that with dealing with people's expectations on me and my own expectations.

"It can be hard and I still think I'm quite young, I've just turned 23 and now it's focusing on how to push myself further and better myself as a player."

Ian Ferris
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