Oxlade-Chamberlain: FA Cup win can't mask Arsenal hurt

"It would be a bonus to finish on a more positive note but there will obviously always be that feeling that we wanted to finish higher up the league and there's no doubting that. We can't hide from that and have to own up to it," said the exposive winger.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is about to go into the final year of his contract and his future at the club remains uncertian, given that Liverpool, Everton and both Manchester clubs are all said to be interested in signing him.   -  Getty Images

 

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said winning Saturday's FA Cup final would not banish the hurt of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League.

The 23-year-old England midfielder is in contention for a place against champions Chelsea at Wembley, in what could be manager Arsene Wenger's last game in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades and Oxlade-Chamberlain said, "The season has been an odd one. We finished on 75 points and in other years that might have left us in different situations. But times change and you have got to move forward with the other top teams. We failed to do that ultimately in the league this year, that's why we missed out on the top four.”

"It would be a bonus to finish on a more positive note but there will obviously always be that feeling that we wanted to finish higher up the league and there's no doubting that. We can't hide from that and have to own up to it."

The winger is about to go into the final year of his contract and refused to answer questions about his future at a time when Liverpool, Everton and both Manchester clubs are all said to be interested.

It has been reported that he is unhappy with the amount of first-team minutes he has been given by manager Wenger this season and the player did little to rectify such claims at a press conference at Arsenal's training ground.

"I'm not here to talk about my future at all, I'm here to talk about the FA Cup final so I will leave that there," he replied. "It's nothing to do with the final so I won't be talking about that."

The former Southampton youngster has recovered from a hamstring problem in time to be included in the cup final squad.

Chamberlain missed Arsenal's 2014 final victory over Hull City because of injury and fitness problems in the run-up to the 2015 final. "The 2014 final, I missed out being involved and I was upset and gutted about that because I had played a big role throughout the whole competition," he said.

Wenger's switch to a three-at-the-back formation means Chamberlain could miss out again to Hector Bellerin for the right wing-back berth as the Spain international is arguably more athletic and certainly more defensively minded.

"That's what it's like when you are at a top club," he added.

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