Arsenal’s ‘Ox’ looks ahead to Lincoln FA Cup clash
23-year-old says victory at non-league Sutton United 'was a really good experience'
23 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: ‘We’re going to have to go into that one with very concentrated minds and get the result’
ALEX Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that Arsenal won’t be taking Lincoln City lightly when the non-league club visits the Emirates Stadium next month in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The Gunners avoided becoming the victims of a giant-killing on Monday night when they ground out a 2-0 victory over non-league Sutton United at Gander Green Lane.
Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for the injured Mohamed Elneny at half-time and quickly established himself as arguably the visitors’ most exciting player on the night.
The 23-year-old will now be hoping that he can keep his place in the heart of the Arsenal midfield, and is already looking forward to the last-eight tie – which has been confirmed as a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday March 11.
“The game against Lincoln City is another really exciting one for both sides,” he said.
“After what they did at Burnley, I’m sure they will be right up for that. So we’re going to have to go into that one with very concentrated minds and get the result.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed that he enjoyed every minute of the fifth-round clash at Sutton, adding that it brought back fond memories of the early days of his career.
“I grew up in League One so I’m used to these kind of stadiums on tough away-nights on a Monday,” he said.
“Having that experience again, I think that was one of the most exciting times I’ve had this season.
“Just coming off the bus and seeing people in such close proximity and everyone out in force to support both sides was a really good experience for me. I really enjoyed it.
“Obviously it was something certain players haven’t seen in England yet. I don’t think Alexis has experienced a game like that, in a place like this! Everyone was really excited and looking forward to it.
“It’s obviously different to what we’re used to and it was challenge for us to get our heads around.
“Even being on the bench in the first half, just looking around and seeing all the fans really enjoying themselves, was great,” he added. “And then to have a few moments at the end of the game with the Sutton players in the dressing room was really nice – that’s what the cup is all about.”