Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is happy to play in more than one position this season in order to get more playing time at the Emirates Stadium, the Daily Mail report.
Increased competition for places hasn’t helped but, considering the number of injuries at the Emirates, the talented 22-year-old should now fancy his chances of playing more regularly.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester City, Oxlade-Chamberlain said he is happy to play in a number of positions with the goal of becoming more involved.
"It's important for any player to be versatile enough to be able to play in different positions," he said.
"Sometimes it's nicer to play in midfield because you get more of the ball whereas when you're out wide you rely on people to get you the ball, but then when you are on the wing you have then license to attack a bit more and run at people which is a strong part of my game. I'm happy to play in both positions."
One of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s biggest dilemmas is nailing down a fixed position best suited to his attributes.
The England international is a strong runner with the ball, a decent finisher and extremely hard working (at his best) yet, sitting out on the wing, he is often dependent on his team-mates bringing him into the action.
At 22, Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to be playing more frequently in order to progress and he may not have a better chance to nail down a regular first-team berth at present.
With Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all out injured, there are opportunities to play through the middle or out wide and he must grasp his chance while he can.