Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Pires identifies midfielder who could become "a very good centre forward"

Robert Pires believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could aid Arsenal's striker shortage by playing as a forward.

The Arsenal legend stated his belief that The Ox, a £15m signing from Southampton in the summer of 2011, has the qualities to play anywhere on the pitch.

Pires wrote in his Arsenal magazine column:
"I really enjoyed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance in Munich. He was fantastic in the central role that suits him very well. 
"To be fair, every position on the pitch suits him. He can play deep in midfield like against Bayern, a bit higher up in a three-man midfield, wide on the right of left or behind a striker. 
"With his qualities, I am also convinced he could become a very good centre forward."
Oxlade-Chamberlain was arguably the Gunners best  player in Munich and continued that good form into the north London derby against Spurs five days later, where he provided the assist for Tomas Rosicky's goal inside 75 seconds.

In an injury hit season, the 20-year-old has only started in six league games, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

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