Cape Town - Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said that the team spirit was evident in their EFL Cup win over Reading.
"I think the spirit is really good in the team," Oxlade-Chamberlain
said. "Even when we drew to Middlesbrough on the weekend, it was almost
like we lost the game and it shows how hungry this team are to win."
The England international scored a brace at the Emirates Stadium to put the Gunners into the quarter-finals.
He said that they were confident going into any game.
"We’re in a spell where we feel like we should be winning every game
and we can win every game, so that’s a good thing," he said. "The
positive vibes around us are really important. We need to keep the
momentum going and put them to good use."
The winger said it was not all one-way traffic against the
Championship team, although Arsenal's line-up might have been a factor.
"We wanted to win, that was the first thing," he said. "I thought
Reading made it hard for us at times, they played some good football and
obviously that team that we had out tonight, we don’t always play
together as much, so at times we struggled to organise."
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in the 38th and 78th minutes and said he hoped his form warranted more game time.
"Any game that I play in is an opportunity for me to show what I can
do," he said. "And whether it’s the league, the Champions League, the
League Cup or the FA Cup - it’s all important. First and foremost, it’s
all game time and it’s good to get your confidence up and to try and
play the way you want to play."
"Any chance I get to play is an opportunity for me to show and
hopefully that form will carry over into the league and be rewarded with
more starts," he said.
Arsenal's next game is against Sunderland in the Premier League this weekend.