Wenger on where Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future lies

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After an outstanding display in central midfield against Southampton at the weekend, Arsene Wenger says he believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future will probably see him play more often in that role.

It’s not the first time the Frenchman has suggested this, but at 23 perhaps now he’s mature enough for the manager to have the confidence to play him there more more frequently.

Speaking at his press conference today, he said, “I think he’s a good flank player and good central player but the future, personally I would say, is more central than on the flank for him.

“When you’re young you want to get in team, I push you a bit more wide. Why? Because central demands more experience, more planning, tactical planning and on the flanks you can be a bit more instinctive.

“But naturally he’s a guy I think is comfortable to be always involved in the game.

“And when I look back at all the games he’s played central, many of them he has done very well.”

It’s probably not a coincidence that his best performances have come from a central position, but whether or not he can fight his way into the team there on a regular basis remains to be seen.

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