Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been quoted by the Daily Mirror suggesting he won’t drop into a deeper role until later in his career.
The Ox was quizzed over whether he’d be willing to adopt a holding role in Arsenal’s midfield, similar to the one he played on occasions during the 2013/2014 campaign, but it’s not something he appears to be focused on.
“I think maybe that's somewhere for me to go when I'm a bit older. Usually as you get older your pace tends to go a bit,” he said.
“At the moment I think I can use my driving pace and ability to help out a bit further forward but I don't mind playing deeper either.”
At the moment, Arsene Wenger has no need to ask the Ox to go and play in a deeper role because he already has some very good holding options in midfield.
Francis Coquelin has emerged as a key aggressive figure protecting the back four, while the club is spoilt for choice in terms of the players who can control the pace and tempo of the club’s midfield play.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has a big role to play in terms of the attacking drive he can add down either side of midfield.
It’s a shame that he’s been in and out of Arsenal’s team over the past 12 months due to injury, but he is someone who can turn big games for the club in a matter of seconds.
It’s encouraging for Wenger that the player has admitted he has no issues playing a specific role for the side, but it’s not a priority to use him there.