Arsenal wonderkid: My job is to get to Gerrard's standard

Gunners star-in-the-making models his game on Liverpool's influential midfielder.

For one Arsenal midfielder, there can be no greater role model than the man leading and inspiring Liverpool in their ambitions for a long-elusive Premier League title; Steven Gerrard, a Champions League medalist, UEFA Cup titlist, two-time FA Cup winner and a man with 109 international caps on his hatstand.

In 2,360 minutes of Premier League duty completed this season, Gerrard has been in stupendous form and appears revitalised under the tactical and man-motivating watch of Brendan Rodgers.

This season, Gerrard has completed 86% of his 1,763 pass attempts, has won 70% of his 78 challenges in the tackle, has made 61 clearances, 38 interceptions, 13 blocks while also creating 55 chances, succeeding with 23% of his cross attempts, 63% of his shot attempts, has assisted nine times and scored 11.

It is testament to how frequently Gerrard is on the ball and how easily he influences a game that he averages making 80 touches per game - no wonder players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain marvel at him.

Speaking in The Sun, Oxlade said: "Stevie is a sensational player and one of my all-time favourites. I can take so much of what he does. That is my job - to try and get to a similar standard. That is easier said than done, but being able to train with him improves me as a player."

Since returning from injury, Oxlade has been a mainstay in Arsene Wenger's set-up, has completed 81% of his pass attempts on average, is successful with 75% of his tackles, 22% of his cross attempts, has created five chances, two assists and scored twice - from 12 appearances, or 483 combined minutes.

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