The Ox to ask Thierry how to score

Date published: Wednesday 14th October 2015 9:15

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will consult the master – Thierry Henry – for advice on goalscoring after admitting his scoring record for Arsenal needs improving.

The midfielder is seen as a key player for club and country, but has never scored in a competitive away match in more than four years as a Gunner, with all 13 of his goals having come at the Emirates.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who netted his fifth England goal in Monday’s 3-0 victory over Lithuania that completed the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, knows he has to improve in that area if he is to nail down regular starts for Arsene Wenger’s team.

Henry, who is working as a coach with Arsenal’s Under-18s, has already given Walcott a few tips in front of goal – and Oxalde-Chamberlain believes the legendary Frenchman can also give him some much-needed pointers.

“I might have to have a few words with Thierry,” he said. “I think there’s no better man to advise you on how to get a goal here or there.

“My goals record is definitely something I think of. It’s something, as an attacking player, you have to be aware of.

“You can’t force it too much because you start to do the wrong things on the pitch if you try to force shots that are not on but it is definitely something I think about and work on.

“I watch games back and see positions, it’s more so for me getting in the right positions to score the ‘easy’ goals as they say. There’s no easy goals but the tap-ins at the back post and stuff like that.

“That’s something I’m more conscious of. It’s definitely something I’m aware of so if I am able to get on the score-sheet like in Lithuania it’s something I’m happy about it.”

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