Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has claimed that he is confident of effectively playing in a deep lying central midfield role for the Gunners, thereby accounting for the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 19 year-old joined the Gunners from boyhood club Southampton just last summer and has been used extensively in a winger’s role. However, the player has always desired a central role at the club. Now that Song has left the Emirates and the club looks for a defensive midfield replacement, the youngster can finally prove his mettle and earn a regular starting berth.
The young Englishman said, “Alex Song was a great player for us and he was a big player for us — but we’ve got a strong enough squad. I’m definitely confident of that and I’m definitely confident of filling Alex’s role. The boss has been pushing more this season to try my hand in a more central position. If I can prove I can play in that position as well then that will help me and my career at Arsenal.”
The youngster aspires to be like Liverpool stalwart Steven Gerrard and praised the English legend for his style of play. However, one does wonder whether Wenger would go ahead with the experiment of deploying The Ox in a central midfield role or go with the more anticipated plan of buying a new player to fill the void left by Alex Song.
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