Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has perhaps revealed more about why he wants to take up a permanent central role so badly.
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Speaking to BT Sport after Arsenal’s historic FA Cup final win against Chelsea on Saturday, the Ox revealed that he’s always wanted to be a central midfielder like Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Rio Ferdinand, who was one of the four BT Sport pundits on the day, was full of praise for the 23-year-old in his new role as wing-back. However, the Ox himself didn’t seem so keen on this being a permanent position for him.
Nodding to Ferdinand’s fellow pundit, the Ox admitted that it’s Gerrard who he most wants to emulate.
“I don’t know, really,” he laughed.
“Playing for a team like Arsenal, it ends up being more of a right-wing job. I get the ball from deeper and the plays into my hands more.
“At the end of the day, it’s given me minutes and I’m not one to complain.
“But, the centre mid role… I’ve always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I’ve still got a hope of that!”
Oxlade-Chamberlain talks to the BT panel as well pic.twitter.com/qrBV1T8tFJ
— Terje (@ArsenalTerjex) May 27, 2017
While it was probably a harmless comment, the Ox has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, so his answer is bound to get tongues wagging.