Oxlade-Chamberlain happy with underdogs tag

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has said admitted that the Gunners are happy to be regarded as underdogs in this season’s Premier League title race, Sky Sports understands.

Despite the North London side having been top of the table for most of the season, they remain behind both Manchester City and Chelsea in the eyes of the bookmakers.

Arsene Wenger’s side currently have fifty-one points, one more than second place City and two ahead of Chelsea in third with sixteen matches left to play.

Oxlade-Chambelain, who made his long-awaited comeback from injury as a substitute against Aston Villa earlier this month, has said that he and the rest of the players, the coaching staff and manager all ‘know what needs to be done – to keep winning consistently’.

Meanwhile, Thomas Vermaelen is set to be offered a new contract amid talks that he could be leaving the club, according to the Sky Sports.

The Belgium international has struggled to hold down a first team place this season due to the continued form of centre-back pair Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, though his manager believes he remains worthy of a new contract.

Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna and Tomaas Rosicky are also in line for new contracts.