Part of Arsenal’s undoing in previous seasons is not the quality of players within the rank but lack of confidence and loss of concentration during games.
Arsenal will host Chelsea this weekend in the Premier League. The last game between the two was in January when Per Mertesacker was sent off as a result of Costa’s drama.
That was the third time an Arsenal player had received a red card in this fixture in the last two years and Oxlade-Chamberlain insists avoiding another sending off could help secure a rare win over Chelsea.
“It’d be nice to keep 11 men on the pitch against Chelsea this time round,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.
“I know it sounds funny but generally speaking in the last few games against them, it’s always a big clash with a lot of emotions and maybe some mind games.
“First and foremost, it’s a massive game and we just need to keep our discipline and stay in the game. I’d back this team to be able to beat anyone in the league on our day.
“It’s going to be a big occasion but we can’t get too caught up in it, we just need to go out and play our game.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was indeed the last Arsenal player to score a goal against Chelsea after his brilliant winner in last year’s Community Shield.