Oxlade-Chamberlain has always ‘wanted to be Gerrard’

Date published: Monday 29th May 2017 9:24

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hinted that he sees his future as a central midfielder, whichever club he is playing at in the future.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed perhaps his most consistent season in an Arsenal shirt, but he has shone mostly as a wing-back in the latter part of the campaign.

The 23-year-old, whose contract runs out next summer, has once again shown his versatility this season by playing in five different positions.

Speaking after the FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday, the England international, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool over the past year, discussed playing as a wing-back.

“I don’t know, really. I don’t mind it. I like it,” he told BT Sport.

“Playing for a team like Arsenal, we usually have a lot of the ball. It ends up being more of a right-wing job. I get to come from deeper and that plays into my hands more.

“When I play out wide, I’m not so used to running off the ball in behind, I prefer the ball to feet, so in that sense I’ve really enjoyed it.

“At the end of the day, it’s given me minutes. I’m playing and starting games, and I’m not one to complain.

“But the centre midfield role…I’ve always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I’ve still got a hope of that.”

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