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The Ox named best international newcomer

THRILLED: Oxlade-Chamberlain

TEENAGE ARSENAL and England player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named best international newcomer at the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) awards held on December 6 in The Pavilion at the Tower of London.

Members of the SJA voted for the 19-year-old midfielder, who made 26 appearances in all competitions for the north London side last season, scoring four times.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined the Gunners for £12m last year, was thrilled to received to award.

“It’s a massive honour to win anything at the moment. It's been a whirlwind year for me – everything's come quite quickly,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was the only footballer to be honoured at the award ceremony.

"I'm starting to find now the pressure of professional football at the top level with the highs and lows, and obviously at the moment we're on a bit of a low, but this is a nice little pick-me-up.

"I love what I do every day, I love playing football and hopefully I'll continue to that. And obviously if we win some stuff that helps."

Heptathlon Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis was named Sportswoman of the Year while Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medal-winner Bradley Wiggins won the men’s equivalent.

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