Danny Welbeck backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to earn a midfield role
Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has expressed his desire to watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing at the heart of the midfield.
The England international has watched his compatriot feature in different positions last term, but his performances have never dipped below the manager’s expectations. Oxlade-Chamberlain started the season as a right-sided winger before he was drifted into a central midfield role. He was later on transformed into a right wing-back after manager Arsene Wenger chose to utilise a new look 3-4-2-1 formation in the final months of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Welbeck feels the 23-year-old is more than capable of settling into a central midfield role where he could gauge the game play, and provide key passes towards the frontline, he said: "With the quality he has and with his ability on the ball, I'd say centre mid. I feel he's got the ability. I like it when he gets the ball in central mid -- he knows that I can run in behind and he can play the ball over the top. He's so powerful and quick with the ball. He's got an eye for a pass too, so it's centre of midfield for me."
Oxlade-Chamberlain was voted by the fans as the Gunners’ second best player behind Alexis Sanchez last season, and he earned most of his plaudits while playing in the wing-back role where his tireless work rate impressed many at the club. While Welbeck admits that the Ox has put in a number of solid performances, he still feels the midfielder should maintain his consistency to reach the next level in his professional career. The former Southampton graduate is currently assessing his future at the Emirates with Liverpool hot on the trail of his services. Arsenal are prepared to offer him a new contract worth £100,000 a week, and it is yet to be seen whether he would commit his future to the FA Cup holders.