Arsene Wenger believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s style is more suited to a central role at Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 17 Premier League appearances this season, but has started only six games at he has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Emirates.
The 22-year-old has featured mainly as a right winger under Wenger this season, but the Frenchman believes Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future could lie centrally.
“He has the attributes to play in central midfield, he has that important quality – a little surge to get out of pressure,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “One of the things to get out of pressure is to have a little dribble to get away from the guy who closes you down and nobody has that more than Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“That is why he could be suited for the modern game because he has that capacity to get out of the pressure.
“That is why I played 4-3-3 [against Sunderland] because he is really suited to be right-sided, box to box in a 4-3-3 – he really fits in there.”