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Oxlade-Chamberlain: We are serious
04 Aug 2015 09:09
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied claims by Roy Keane the Arsenal players are obsessed with selfies and insists they are all deadly serious about winning trophies again next season.
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The Gunners secured a long-overdue victory against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield on Sunday with a well-executed first-half goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Ahead of the Wembley showdown between the 2015 FA Cup winners and defending Barclays Premier League champions, former Manchester United captain Keane had labelled Arsene Wenger's squad as "more interested in selfies and six-packs" than focusing on delivering a first championship since the Invincibles of 2003/04.
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While 21-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts the players are all fully immersed in the modern social media culture, he insists that does not make them any less determined to deliver on the pitch this season.
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When asked about Keane's comments, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "It is a new era, isn't it? Some people do it, some don't. We are serious about winning trophies.
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"Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we have been serious every single year I have been at the club about winning trophies.
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"You can see that on the pitch when we are playing, through the season.
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"A lot of people don't see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are.
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"We have always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we have won a few. This season we want to go that one better."
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"It just seemed that in the big games we came up short sometimes and you wonder why"
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