Ox discusses difference between Arsenal & England role

Date published: Monday 10th October 2016 1:42

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Midfielder in England training

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits has revealed he is asked to perform a completely different role for England than what he plays at Arsenal.

The former Southampton man is largely used as a winger for Arsenal, where he has struggled to nail down a regular place in the starting XI.

However, under Gareth Southgate’s management, England want to use the 23-year-old more centrally.

“Given the opportunity, I do enjoy playing in central midfield and last week in training with England I was playing more centrally. I really enjoyed that,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the London Evening Standard.

“At the moment, the general dynamic at Arsenal is that we have got a lot of central midfielders who are more specialists in that position and out of that group of players, if you were going to put me in there, I’d be the one who stood out as someone who could play on the wing.

“I see myself more as a winger for Arsenal as a result. Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka, who has just come in, Jack Wilshere, when he’s back, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey, when he’s fit.

“They are all big players for us and out-and-out central midfielders, so I am more focused on playing wide and adding what I can out there for now.”

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