Posted on Tuesday, 28th August 2012 by The Goon
‘Alex Song was a great player for us and he was a big player for us – but we’ve got a strong enough squad.
‘I’m definitely confident of that and I’m definitely confident of filling Alex’s role.’
These are the recent words of youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, expressing his desire to fill the void left by Alex Song and hopefully hone his talent in the centre of midfield at Arsenal for years to come.
But is the 19-year-old up for the task?
As we all know the England international is usually deployed on the wing by Arsene Wenger but can play through the middle as past games have shown, and with Song gone and Arsenal’s midfield undoubtedly looking weaker, The Ox believes he is the right candidate to fill the gap, thus saving Le Boss a buck or two.
It’s not a new thing, as the youngster has expressed his desire to play in the centre of the park when he signed for the club last summer:
‘I remember on the day I actually signed he asked me where I saw myself playing.
‘My dad was in the room and said ‘Centre mid, he’s a midfielder’.
‘The boss sort of laughed and said ‘I think he could be as well’. He said maybe to start off with I would be out wide and last season I did play the majority of my games on the wing.
‘But the boss has been pushing more this season to try my hand in a more central position.
‘If I can prove I can play in that position as well then that will help me and my career at Arsenal.’
To answer my own question, I believe Chambo can do a really, really good job in the centre of midfield.
He has the stature, skill and movement to succeed in this position and his agility and pace would bring something new to our midfield – just look at what he did against AC Milan in the Champions League last season!
Granted he doesn’t have much experience in this position at the club, but he can learn the role and wants to play it, so why not let him? He is certainly a better option than Abou Diaby that’s for sure!
Unquestionably, Mikel Arteta is now our holding midfielder and has been since his arrival last summer, meaning we need to install or buy someone who is a box-to-box midfielder, which Chambo can be, if given the chance of course.
If Wenger doesn’t want to splash the cash this week and bring a new face in then he should consider the possibility of playing AOC in the Song role rather than Diaby.
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