Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of England’s brightest talents, but how will he be involved next season in Arsene Wenger’s increasingly strong side?
The winger-come-central-midfielder is a very versatile player that can scare the living out of a Premier League sides defence but he also demonstrated an aptitude for a more central, box-to-box midfield role during the vital 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
The England international can really push on this season, however with Arsene Wenger spoilt for options Chambo may find it difficult to sneak into the first eleven.
The Ox began his Arsenal career with a bang from a wide berth, startling fullbacks with pace and trickery, however this is seen as his third best position. He performed excellently against AC Milan during his first season in the attacking midfield role, while he filled a similar role this season during some cameo appearances in the season run-in.
So how does he fit into the Arsenal setup? On the wings there is currently Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla who the first choice selections for the wide positions, however all three can operate in more central positions (Cazorla midfield, the other two up front).
Centrally the Gunners have Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere (and Diaby) in the deeper roles with Tomas Rosicky in the advanced, attacking midfield position – this is perhaps where The Ox can have a say. Cazorla has been preferred out wide, so the Englishman could potentially add depth to the position by focusing his training on paying in behind the striker.
He can certainly shoot and pass the ball well, as well as run at players so he is suited to the number 10 role. He demonstrated this when scoring the stunner against Brazil in England’s friendly earlier this month.
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