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Arsenal attacker Oxlade-Chamberlain flattered by Gerrard comparison

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is flattered by comparisons with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Arsène Wenger recently said he expects Oxlade-Chamberlain to end up as a deep-lying midfielder as he shares characteristics with the England captain.

"I was about surprised by that because Stevie has been one of my idols and someone I have always looked up to ever since I watched football," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.

"To be in the England squad and have him as my captain, I get to see how professional he is and how good he is. He is a bit older now, but he is still doing the things I remember him doing when I was young. To be able to do that so consistently, for so many years at such a high level, is credit to how good a player he really is.

"If the boss thinks I can one day maybe form my game around him, [it] is a massive compliment. He is someone I would love to emulate. I would be slightly different to the way he plays [that role], but if someone says you are going to be nearly as good as Stevie, you are going to take it. It is a nice compliment."

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