Arsenal boosted by FA Cup win

Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal's May's FA Cup triumph will spur team on to more success this time as they kick off season vs Man City in Community Shield today

London: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal are still benefiting from the feel-good factor of winning the FA Cup and thinks the triumph could spur the team on to more success this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during an Arsenal training session on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during an Arsenal training session on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images 

The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Hull at Wembley in May — a victory that eased the disappointment of another underwhelming league finish.

Arsenal spent more than 100 days at the top of the English Premier League last season but had to settle for fourth, seven points behind champions Manchester City, who they face in the Community Shield today.

"When there's a lot of talk about a team that should or could be winning things and it's not happening it can become a little bit frustrating," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

Negative coverage
"There's been a little bit of negative media about Arsenal in recent years but we always believed we would win a trophy soon and the squad we're putting together could do it.

"The fact it did happen, I don't know if it was a relief, it was a really nice reward for the togetherness we've had to show for a while now.

"It does start a winning momentum and once you know you can win, it gives you confidence — you can go into competitions thinking you can win and expecting to go far."

Arsenal have made bold moves in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.

Sanchez, who scored 19 goals for Barcelona in La Liga last season, cost around £35million and is the club's second most expensive signing after Mesut Ozil arrived for £42.4million last year.

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