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Oxlade-Chamberlain sticking close to Arsenal teammate Walcott

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he's been sticking close to Theo Walcott since his arrival at Arsenal.

Walcott trod a similar path from Southampton to the Emirates five years ago and while Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, is grateful for the advice since arriving at Arsenal, he is now gunning for Walcott.

"Theo has been showing me the ropes," said the youngster. "I sit next to him in the dressing room and he's helped me along, especially as I came as a new young lad and he knew how I felt coming from Southampton.

"And I've been watching Theo because I'm playing on the right wing at the moment and I'm just trying take from his game and learn from the stuff he does.

"But I know I've got to dislodge Theo to get in the team regularly.

"That's football isn't it? You're all mates off the pitch, but on the pitch you're all competing for places. That only makes a healthier squad.

"People fighting for positions means everyone has got to step their game up. It will be very hard for me to get Theo's position or anyone's position in this team, but I'm prepared for the challenge and I'm just going to keep learning every day and working hard."

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