Arsene Wenger has hinted he’s going to stick with the three at the back formation for a while, by talking about how happy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing as a wing-back in the new formation.
The Arsenal manager was asked about the England international being named Arsenal’s Player of the Month (winning out ahead of Inanimate Carbon Rod, some glue, and a chair leg), and suggested he’s enjoying his football in yet another different position.
The 23 year old has played as a left winger, right winger, attacking midfielder, central midfielder and even defensive midfielder, but had a man of the match showing at Wembley as Arsenal beat Man City 2-1 to reach the FA Cup final.
“His performances have been convincing and positive,” said Wenger. “It looks like he’s made a move forward. I’m very pleased for him.
“He’s happy with his position, where he’s playing at the moment. I’m convinced that he has all the qualities to play well there so hopefully it will give him the needed confidence.”
It also sounds like he’s willing to play him there ahead of Hector Bellerin for the time being, despite making it clear that he still sees his future in a more central position.
As for his long-term future, Wenger once again insisted that the Ox had to be retained and hoped a deal could be struck this summer.
“Personally, as I have told you many times, he has to commit his future to the club and I hope he will do that in the summer,” he said.