Oxlade-Chamberlain drops hint to Wenger as he reveals his best position
By Amir Mir
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his best position is in central midfield rather than the wide role he plays in at Arsenal.
The England international understands that he is usually deployed on the flanks due to the abundance of midfield talent at the north London club.
The 23-year-old has played in the middle of the park on just five occasions in his five years at the club, failing to score a goal or provide an assist.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed the position he has been occupying on international duty with England, as he identified what part of the game he has been focusing on.
“Given the opportunity, I do enjoy playing in central midfield and last week in training with England I was playing more centrally,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Evening Standard. “I really enjoyed that.
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“At the moment, the general dynamic at Arsenal is that we have got a lot of central midfielders who are more specialists in that position and out of that group of players, if you were going to put me in there, I’d be the one who stood out as someone who could play on the wing.
“Because I’ve been playing on the wing, I’ve focused more on my runs off the ball in behind. That’s because I’m more naturally like a midfielder so I come towards the ball to receive it.”
Southampton academy graduate Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to the Gunners in 2011, as a teenager, where he has scored eight goals and assisted 11 in 105 Premier League appearances.
He has earned 24 international caps for England in the process, scoring five goals, but was left out of the touring party which travelled to France for Euro 2016 in the summer.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made eight appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup this term, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
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