Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted that he’s happy to show his versatility for the Gunners as well as England, having played in a variety of different positions recently.
Central midfield, out on the wing, right wing-back and more, the 23-year-old has managed to impress with his consistent displays last season and he believes the experiences stand him in good stead for future development, reports Sky Sports.
His goal against Scotland last weekend proved crucial as they drew 2-2 at Hampden Park in the World Cup qualifier, just minutes after replacing Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford on the wing.
He started and completed the full 90 minutes against France on Tuesday, though his performance divided opinion as he wasn’t allowed to create or assert his authority in midfield, instead being more focused defensively.
When asked about his positional changes Alex said, “I enjoyed them all for different reasons. I played more of my games on the wing, then playing in midfield for a while.”
“Our results weren’t good at that time, but I really enjoyed that and started to get some rhythm and to feel comfortable,” he continued.
“Then we had an international break and I missed the next game, Aaron [Ramsey] came back in and, with the change of formation, the wing-back role was interesting but one I adapted to quickly as best I could. I really enjoyed that.”
Alex’s willingness to play in a range of different positions has helped him develop his strengths and improve weaknesses over time, especially with the presence of regular minutes last season.
“There were some times when we were playing against a few teams where I was a bit deeper than I’d like to, in a right-back role which I don’t really enjoy, but I was more than happy to do the job.
“I play where I’m told to play. The more positions I can play, it gives the manager a nice headache and it can be helpful for him.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain is understandably keen to help England qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, having missed Euro 2016 through injury and failing to recover in time from a knee injury at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“My England career, honestly, I feel like it is has been in two halves,” he admitted.
“I’m starting the second part of it. Everything came quite quick and fast, and I got a lot of caps quite quickly, then was injured and had a spell out, missed the Euros. There was quite a long gap where I didn’t play.
“In this squad, a lot of new boys have come in so it feels like a new squad. A bit stop-start, my career, but at this moment I have a lot of faith in this new team and the manager and what we’re trying to build here.“