Wenger reveals plans to involve Oxlade-Chamberlain in central midfield

      

Wenger reveals plans to involve Oxlade-Chamberlain in central midfield

Picture: Ronnie Macdonald

Arsene Wenger has revealed his plans to give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a role in central midfield in the near the future after his spectacular display against Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The 23-year-old winger has impressed with the precision of his passing and ability to control the game from the centre on previous occasions but according to Wenger, he didn’t posses the needed experience to play there.

“I think he is a good wide player and a good central player” Wenger told journalists today. “In the future, I would say [he would play] more centrally. When you are young, you are pushed wider because central is [where] more experienced [players play]. Naturally, I think he is comfortable to be always involved.”

Wenger’s bird's eye view from the stands in the Southampton game due to his four-match suspension after a sideline altercation with the fourth official during Arsenal’s 2-1 in over Burnley might have convinced him to commit to changing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s position.

Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainPicture: joshjdss

The player, who joined from Southampton in 2011, has spent most of his career at the Emirates playing on the wings, with a few stand-out performances from the centre of the pitch against Milan in the Champions League and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves such a promotion.

He told BT Sport earlier: “Arsene Wenger wants to see artist. Arsenal need someone to pick up out a pass and bring variation to the game. He [Chamberlain] played there as a kid, and Wenger was forced to pick him there tonight [against Southampton], but I think that’s his natural position.

“He has pace in there as well. He was always looking for the ball. All of his passes were good and nicely weighted.”

With team star Santi Cazorla out with a long-term injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain might get chance to play there soon.

Second-placed Arsenal host Watford on Tuesday in a bid to keep the pressure on Chelsea who are topping the table with an eight-point lead.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17