Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed Mesut Ozil is still carrying his World Cup winners medal around with him and has been happy to show it off to teammates on the team bus.
The England international also confirmed that the £42 million signing, along with compatriots Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, has been happy to laud his success over their less successful teammates in a classic case of Keysian dressing-room banter.
“Mesut had his [World Cup medal] on the bus the other day,” Chamberlain told Sky Sports ahead of this evening’s second-leg Champions League qualifier with Besiktas.
“He doesn’t fail to show it off, but fair play to them. I was over the moon to see them succeed. I’d have loved it to have been England, but to see three of your friends and teammates get so far in a World Cup and then win it is an amazing thing. I was really happy for them.
“I’m not going to lie I was looking forward to seeing the medal myself. I was happy when Mesut got it out. It’s great to have three winners of such a massive tournament in the team as they’ve come back with such massive confidence. Everyone’s had stick off them, the English boys, the French boys…the Spanish boys! They’ve dished it out. They haven’t wasted any time doing that.”
In other less banter-related news Calum Chambers says he’s enjoying his run out at centre back so much that he’s starting to question what his best position is.
Having made his first team breakthrough at Southampton as a right-back it appeared the 19-year-old had sealed a move to the Emirates as back-up to fellow new boy Mathieu Debuchy. However, as is often the case, Arsene Wenger had other plans.
In the absence of World Cup winner Per Mertesacker, Chambers was charged with a central berth in pre-season and after impressing has retained the responsibility ever since.
Speaking to the official matchday programme ahead of Besiktas’ visit, the £16 million signing revealed it’s not the first time he’s played the position.
“I feel like I read the game better there. I feel more assured in myself there, which is helpful.
“I played at centre back when I was with Southampton Under-16s and then a couple more times for England Under-19s. I have felt a bit more comfortable at centre back in every game I’ve played there.
“I feel that right back can be more demanding physically, because you have to get up and down the pitch more. But it’s hard in every position. You’ve got to be focused throughout the whole game wherever you play.
“Last year I thought that right back was my position but I’ve started playing at centre back this year, which has made me wonder if that will be my position. Time will tell, but at the moment I’m enjoying it at centre half.
“I can play in holding midfield as well so I might end up having a go at that too!”
Why not says Arseblog News…the way things are going on the injury front he may even get a run out as a striker.