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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pleased with centre-midfield role

Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Arteta against Newcastle. (©GettyImages)
Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Arteta against Newcastle. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he was happy to be able to play in centre-midfield when the Gunners played Newcastle on Sunday.

Chamberlain is usually used by Arsene Wenger down the line because of his blistering pace, but the player himself sees himself more like a centre-midfielder rather than a winger and he had made it clear that he wants to be played in the centre more.

The Ox was given that chance last chance ago for a couple of games, the most memorable one being when Arsenal beat AC Milan 3-0 in the Champions League, but since then, the 19-year-old hasn't been given the chance to show what he can do as a central figure.

Before the game Mikel Arteta's fitness was in doubt, but the Spaniard managed to pull through and start the game, however, early in the first half it was clear his groin was not holding up and after asking to be subbed, it was Chamberlain who Arsene Wenger turned too to replace his vice-captain.

Arsenal went on to win the game 1-0 and Chamberlain was just happy to demonstrate what he can do in the centre of the park and was also delighted that the team managed to keep yet another clean-sheet.

"I've been waiting for any sort of chance to play and I've been getting a few minutes off the bench so to be able to come on in the first half was a bit of a surprise," he told Arsenal Player.

"I was aware that Mikel might have struggled a bit so mentally I prepared as if I was going to start the game. That helped me.

"To be able to come on midfield is something I really look forward to doing and it was an opportunity for me to show the boss I was capable of playing there.

"I had to change my game and play a bit more defensive and screen [the defence] and show a different aspect to my game. I'm glad that I got an opportunity to do that today.

"The most important thing was that we didn't concede any goals and we kept it quite tidy throughout the game."


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