Rio Ferdinand sends message to Arsenal fans about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Rio Ferdinand explains why he is a keen admirer of Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his recent performances for Arsenal at wing-back.

The England international has been in much improved form for the Gunners since being deployed in the new role for the north London side after Arsene Wenger opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation.

Oxlade-Chamberlain produced another solid display as he helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup title at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has been very impressed by what he has seen from Oxlade-Chamberlain so far in his new role.

Speaking to BT Sport before the FA Cup final, Ferdinand said: “People were worried about him playing wing-back against Manchester City in the semi-final and he proved everyone wrong with a man of the match performance.

“I’ve got no worries about him. He’s a modern footballer. He’s interchangeable and can play different positions. He’s very athletic. You’ve got to get the ball to him.”

Arsenal’s win over Chelsea handed them their third FA Cup triumph in four years as they finished their season on a high.

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However, the north London side will have to make do with Europa League football next season after they ended up fifth in the Premier League table.

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