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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: I could be a goalkeeper

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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has jokingly suggested that he could play in goal following his ‘save’ against Chelsea in last month’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

In one of the most bizarre moments of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, the 20-year-old should have been sent off after tipping Eden Hazard’s shot around the post with his hand, but was dealt a reprieve when referee Andre Marriner inexplicably showed a red card to his teammate Kieran Gibbs instead.

The Gunners went on to lose the match 6-0, which effectively spelled the end of the north London outfit’s Premier League title challenge. Oxlade-Chamberlain admits the result was tough to take, but suggested in an interview with the Mirror that goalkeeper could be his third position.

“It was a nightmare day, not what we wanted,” the England international told reporters. “People have asked if I am a midfielder or a winger, but I showed maybe I can play in goal!

“The whole situation was crazy. It showed me that in ­football it can go from being great to the next game ­something like that happening and you’re the world’s worst.

“To get a result like 6-0 is ­definitely not what you want and you come away feeling ­embarrassed.

“There is no hiding that. You feel completely ­embarrassed.

“But the same when you lose 3-0 at Everton you are gutted as well so they both hurt just as much as each other.

“We are ­disappointed at a few results – there is no getting away from that.

“But there is still a lot to play for this season and we have to keep fighting.”

Indeed, Arsenal take on Championship side Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. Arsene Wenger’s men are the overwhelming favourites to win and advance to next month’s final, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is wary of the threat posed by the Latics, who beat Manchester City to win the competition under Roberto Martinez last season.

“I watched Wigan play City, and you expected City to win. But I watched the whole game and not for one moment could you tell Wigan weren’t a Premier League team,” he added. “They have great players, they play some really good stuff and they compete.

“We don’t think we’re massive favourites and they’re underdogs. We know it will be really hard.

“If they can beat City, on their day they can beat us and it is our responsibility to make sure that does not happen by not taking anything for granted and approaching the game in the right manner.

“We know what is in store and what they are capable of, so we need to give them the respect they deserve and do what we need to do as a team.”

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