Oxlade-Chamberlain: Gerrard is my role model

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised England captain and Liverpool star Steven Gerrard as his role model, and is aiming emulate the central midfielder’s career.

The Ox has proven his ability in a central role but still has a lot to learn. He’s predominantly played on the wing for the Gunners but has a long term future playing either as a box to box or attacking midfielder.

The 20-year-old has praised compatriot Gerrard and feels he has learnt a lot from training with the veteran in the Three Lions squad.

“Stevie is a sensational player and one of my all-time favourites,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told The Sun.

“I can take so much of what he does. That is my job – to try and get to a similar standard.

“That is easier said than done, but being able to train with him improves me as a player.

“It would be great to be selected for the World Cup but you have to work hard. That means I have to keep playing well for Arsenal.”

The Ox will play a key role in the Gunners season run-in after an impressive return to form from missing half of the season with a serious knee injury.

Since his comeback he’s been an integral member of the midfield playing centrally in the wake of Wilshere and Ramsey’s injuries, while also injecting pace onto the wing which is something Arsenal have missed in the absence of Theo Walcott.

The Ox will almost certainly make the trip to Brazil this summer and will hopefully develop even further in his favoured central midfield role. His immense ability is there to see but improvement on his composure on the ball and decision making will strengthen over time.

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