Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking to emulate Gunners team-mate Alexis Sanchez and revealed that he is learning a great deal from his performances, according to reports from the Express.
Sanchez finally scored his first league goal of the campaign on Saturday when his side faced Leicester City, eventually finishing the game with a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory.
The Chile international will therefore be confident of maintaining his fine form ahead of their Champions League clash against Olympiakos this Tuesday, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping to match his team-mates level after Arsene Wenger urged him to have more belief in his abilities.
He said: “I saw the comments from the boss that I needed more self-belief. That’s what my dad says as well. So there might be a little bit of a trend there!
“I am quite critical of myself. I try to demand high standards of myself. Sometimes that can work in a negative fashion. I need to work on that.
“Self-belief is a massive part of the game. I might need to start showing I believe in myself around here.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain added that Sanchez is a role model in training, and that he learns from him every day despite his lower proficiency in speaking English.
“For someone like me to look at how many goals he (Sanchez) scored last year makes it hard for me not to look at him and learn from him,” he added.
“It’s his everyday mannerisms around the training ground, how he trains, his performances, how he scores goals, how he plays and how he defends from up front.
“These are all things that we can all learn, that everyone who watches football could learn from. I’ve definitely put myself in the bracket of somebody who learns from him every day.
“He’s very passionate, very upbeat and is a massive character in the team. For someone that doesn’t have amazing English, he manages to communicate so well to all of us and keep the dressing room upbeat.”
The Gunners will host top-of-the-table Manchester United at the Emirates this weekend in what is expected to be an epic encounter between the two rivals.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, made 37 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals.