Oxlade-Chamberlain gives thoughts on exciting new role at Arsenal
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has explained why he enjoys his new role of featuring as a wing-back instead of a midfielder.
The 23-year-old endured an erratic first couple of seasons at Arsenal which saw him troubled by persistent injuries prior to this season.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s improved form this campaign has coincided with a move to the right wing-back role in a new 3-4-3 formation.
According to the former Southampton star, there is little to complain about at the moment.
“It suits my game because when I’m playing wing-back there’s a lot of space to run into,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said
“I feel like I’m more natural running with the ball as opposed to running off the ball for someone to play over the top.
“I like to be able to run with it and be a bit more of a midfield influence as opposed to a forward. Playing at wing-back, I receive a lot of balls deep and then I’ve got a few options.
“I can pass back to my centre half, look for Granit or Aaron in midfield, I could look for Mesut or Danny if one of them wants to run into the channels or in behind, or I have the option to cross from deep.
“I kind of did that against Manchester City, where I went to cross it a bit earlier, stopped myself and then after the next few steps I ended up crossing it.
“Then the final option I have is to run at people as well if the other options aren’t available. It gives you a lot of options, running with the ball, and my main qualities are probably running with the ball and picking a pass.”