Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain like Steven Gerrard, says Arsene Wenger

Arsène Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain possesses many similar qualities to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to training last week Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Arsene Wenger believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain possesses many similar qualities to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

The Arsenal midfielder is set to make his return to first-team action for the Gunners in Monday’s trip to Aston Villa after being sidelined since August with a knee injury.

And Wenger believes that the 20-year-old will end up becoming a central midfielder for the north Londoners, despite having largely been used as a winger thus far.

Certainly he has the same qualities to Steven Gerrard

>Arsene Wenger

“At the moment he is still in formation,” said Wenger. “It is good for his education as he plays left, right and centrally when needed.

“After [the age of] 23 or 24 you settle in a definite position.

“He will be deeper as he has a good long ball, penetration from deep and a good quality to distribute and penetrate individually. Certainly he has the same qualities to Steven Gerrard.”

Asked about his potential to impress for England at this summer’s World Cup, Wenger continued: “He has a good opportunity.

“I think he will be in Roy Hodgson’s plans as he can play centrally and out wide. On that front England do not have too many players.

“He had a big impact when he came on in that game against Brazil, especially in central midfield – and deep central midfield. His future will be there.”

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