Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that Arsenal’s ambitions hinge on their keeping their good form this season, and with a tough sequence of Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup fixtures all looming on the horizon, the side’s strength and unity will help them prevail. Saturday marks the start of those fixtures, with the lunchtime trip to Liverpool. Reigning Champions Manchester United then come to the Emirates stadium the following Wednesday, with the Gunners then hosting Liverpool in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Three days later and Bayern Munich come calling in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.

After the week-ends Premiership fixtures, Arsenal continue to proudly sit on top of the Premiership table, holding a slender two point lead over both Manchester City and Chelsea. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s double strike in the 2-0 over Crystal Palace ensured the Gunners kept their title ambitions on track, and leaves no time to avert their focus notes the 20 year old.

” That’s what its all about, being involved in as many competitions as we can and in the best competitions we can. No one is complaining. There wont be too much rest in between each game but that’s what you have to cope with at the top club and to be the best you’ve got to be able to deal with these situations.

” The boss spoke to us recently about how important togetherness is during this period. That’s something I think we’re doing really well and have done so far this season.

” We’ve just got to make sure we keep going over this tough period because Christmas was a similar schedule and we came though that one okay. We just need to be together and everyone in the squad has to play their part, ” he revealed in the club’s official match day programme.

After a near five month absence, Oxlade-Chamberlain made an explosive start and impact against Palace, with two goals of precision, power and technique. Arsene Wenger was impressed with his talented midfielder’s central display and hinted that he will feature there in future.

The England man made a winning return to the side in last month’s FA Cup 4th round 4-0 thrashing of Coventry City, and his all round contribution since suggests that he is eager to make up for lost time.

” It was nice to get my first start. That’s where you get most of your match fitness back. You can train all you want but you don’t get the same benefit as you do out of a match. In that aspect, it was a step in the right direction.

I wasn’t at full fitness and I’m still not – you need to get a few starts and then you’re on your way. It’s important for me to train at a high intensity to make sure that I am at that level because you can’t guarantee if you will start.

If you don’t, you’ve still got to make sure that you’re at a good enough level to compete. To play 70 minutes was good and I felt okay but there’s more to come from me in that aspect. With a few more starts, I should be back there or thereabouts,” he continued.