Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed his preferred position and admits he has different roles for club and country.
The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with England preparing for Tuesday’s Word Cup qualifier with Slovenia in Ljubljana.
Arsene Wenger has used Oxlade-Chamberlain both out wide and in central midfield and the former Southampton man admits competition for places at Arsenal is so fierce he is focused on playing out wide.
“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,” he told Standard Sport.
“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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However, Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he has been playing more centrally for his country since joining up with Gareth Southgate’s men.
“Given the opportunity, I do enjoy playing in central midfield and last week in training with England I was playing more centrally,” he added. “I really enjoyed that.”
While Wenger has hinted Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position may be central midfield the Gunners’ strength in depth in that position suggests he has more chance of first-team football playing in a wide position.