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Who would Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start central midfield for?

So Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea.

According to the BBC;

Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.

This backs up the thinking that I have had all along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, that he thinks he is a better player than he is. That he sees himself as an action man central midfielder at the highest level. He has delusions of grandeur.

He is not good enough to play central midfield for Arsenal, so what makes him think he can play their for Chelsea? In fact, going through the top sides, who would he play central midfield for?

Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a central midfield, so the reality is there are 3 positions he could play. Box to box, attacking midfield, or as a winger.

Would he get into any top sides playing this position?


Box to Box – Recently signed Tiémoué Bakayoko will partner N’Golo Kante in central midfield, with Cesc Fabregas backing them up.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Eden Hazard, Pedro & Willian.

Chelsea might not have many options in their dangerously thin skin, but the options they do have are all better than Oxlade-Chamberlain. He would provide good cover for Bakayoko, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro & Willian, but, like at Arsenal, he will find himself at right wing back, then back up for positions further forward.


Box to Box – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a very similar style of play to Mousa Dembélé, but is not as good.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Christian Erickson and Dele Alli are guaranteed starters. Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko are options for the other wing if Spurs play 4 at the back. They are a similar level to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oxlade-Chamberlain might get a chance to play for Spurs if they play 4 at the back, but the favoured formation at the moment is 3 at the back. That leaves Oxlade-Chamberlain in the same position as at Arsenal, playing right wing back.

Manchester City

Box to Box – Central midfield options of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, İlkay Gündoğan, Fabian Delph and the option of playing Kevin De Bruyne deeper.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – The aforementioned Kevin De Bruyne, plus David Silva, Bernard Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City have an abundance of options in midfield and attack. Oxlade-Chamberlain would not even get into their 2nd team


Box to Box – Georginio Wijnaldum is the type of player Oxlade-Chamberlain could become, but the Dutchman is better. Chuck in Emre Can and Oxlade-Chamberlain would be 3rd choice. They have also just spent a world record fee on Naby Keïta, due to join next season.

Attacking Midfield / Winger – Even without Coutinho, Liverpool had enough going forward to destroy Arsenal at the weekend. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were electric on the wings. Add in Adam Lallana.

The side Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to play for. But do they even want him? They are also targeting Thomas Lemar. They have better options in their squad, and better options set to sign.




“Well in Jack” or “Grow up Jack”?

So last night Jack Wilshere got sent off in an U23 game against Manchester City:

He was on the end of a bad, late tackle from some nobody trying to make a name for himself, and respond by pushing the nobody to the ground which led to a scuffle amongst the players.

Having been sent off alongside the nobody, he proceeded to push the Man City player when the two were in the tunnel. Proper Sunday League stuff. Two players sent off, have a scuffle in the changing rooms.

Now in response to this incident, there have been two clear schools of thought:

Well in Jack

Arsenal have lacked fight, lacked bottle, for years. The type of stuff Jack has in abundance. He does not let players bully him, he does not let them bully his team mates. He has a nasty streak, something which we often miss.

In the defeat to Stoke, we were timid, we let them dominate us physically. This is not the first time this has happened. Whilst Jack might not be the biggest, he will get stuck in, will get in your face.

The media have gone OTT with the story, reporting that Wilshere punched a kid in the face. Some even saying it is a new low for his career.

Well lets get something right straight away, a played who has suffered so many injuries, so many set backs, being sent off certainly is not a low point in his career.

And lets look at the facts:

The “brawl” was caused by a very late tackle, then the same playing going down holding his face as if punched. Wilshere 100% victim in that.

A player coming back from injury being unhappy that a nobody has tried to do him. Tried to put him out the game again. Wilshere responded in the right manner.

Maybe if more of our players had the mentality of Wilshere, we would not be putting the ball out of play everytime an opposing centre back gets caught up the field and go’s down feigning injury cause he is knackered?

Well in Jack.

Grow up Jack

This is the sort of incident that has blighted Jack Wilshere’s career. A petulant reaction which led him to be sent off.

He did not need to respond like that. The ref saw the incident, had blown the whistle. Let him do his job. By getting himself sent off, he lost the side the possible advantage of 11 v 10.

Wilshere needs to grow up. He is like Peter Pan. His best performance was when he was 18, and he acts like an 18 year old. His behavior would be more suited to a Magaluf lout than a professional footballer.

What, with the smoking, the brawling, the drinking, everything that follows him around, he really does need to take a long hard look at himself.

Here he is, 26 in January, trying to start a fight with 17 year old Tyreke Wilson. And the shove in the tunnel really sums him up. Why was he trying to bully, trying to attack, a kid.

Whilst the likes of Dele Alli is playing Champions League football and being courted by Real Madrid, Jack Wilshere is playing U23 football ,recently loaned out to Bournemouth, and only some side in Turkey that no one has heard of are interested in him.

Wilshere is a senior player. He is not a kid anymore. He should be concentrating on getting his fitness together, not starting fights with kids.

His career hangs by a thread. He needs to grow up.


Doors close as Alexis Sanchez set for Arsenal stay

When one door closes, another door is supposed to open. That is according to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.

But for Alexis Sanchez, is seems as one door closes, another slams shut just as he starts to think about going through it.

A few weeks ago, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness seemed to rule the German club out of signing the Chilean.

“If we want to win the Champions League we’ll have to invest but we can’t spend crazy money,” Hoeness told Fox Sports.

“We are not going to pay €100million [£87m] to get [Marco] Verratti or €25million [£22m] a year to get Sanchez.”

Hoeness’ claims come after he told German outlet Kicker the club would be unlikely to invest in older players this summer.

“You can’t build a new team with €100million transfers for 29 and 30-year-olds. That isn’t a policy,” he said.

“Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don’t go down this road.”

Having spent about £200m this summer – £120m of that on three full-backs, Pep Guardiola announced this weekend that “We don’t have too much more to spend but we are going to see.”

When asked if he was planning to bring in a central defender to the club, he responded that the club “will try”.

It is clear and obvious to all that, with the oil well nearly dry for the summer, that a new central defender is a priority for Guardiola, not Alexis Sanchez.

The final club who have shown some interest in the 28 year old are PSG. But it seems that Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar is their number on target (and if Neymar does sign, it shows footballers only really care about the money).

All the doors seem to be closing for Sanchez.

He will remain at Arsenal.