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Oxlade open to new Arsenal contract

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is becoming a regular for Arsenal © PA Photos
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Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has responded warmly to reports the club is considering offering him a new long-term contract.

Oxlade-Chamberlain still has four years left on his current deal, but Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen to reward the 19-year-old for his impact at the Gunners since joining from Southampton for £12 million in 2011.

He has proved himself a versatile member of Arsenal's first-team - operating across all the midfield positions at one point or other - and featured for England at Euro 2012.

He is tipped to feature in England's qualifier against Moldova on Friday, and ahead of that clash has been discussing his future.

"I haven't given it too much thought, but if Arsenal want to sit down and talk about that, that's really good because I'm really enjoying my time at Arsenal," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"I'm planning on being there for a while, but right now I'm focusing on playing for England. Then, when I get back I'll be focusing on getting in the Arsenal team again."

Oxlade-Chamberlain also hailed the impact made by Santi Cazorla, the Spain international signed by Arsenal from Malaga over the summer. Cazorla has impressed in each of his matches for the Gunners so far, and opened his account in the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

When told Cazorla had already been discussed as a potential Player of the Year by some, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "I think they're right. He is a very good player. The good thing too is that he is a really good lad. All the lads are bright and bubbly and we've got that environment in our dressing room."

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