Arsenal signing Oxlade-Chamberlain: England star Dad big influence

Arsenal signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Dad Mark had a big influence on his football. Mark Chamberlain was a star winger for Portsmouth and England during his career.

Arsenal signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Dad Mark had a big influence on his football.

Mark Chamberlain was a star winger for Portsmouth and England during his career.

Alex told The Sun: "Dad has his view on things and I will listen but at the end of the day I'm my own person.

"I've never seen much film of him playing - a few clips but there wasn't much TV football back in those days, was there?

"He's got a few caps and medals and man-of-the-match awards knocking around the house just to remind me.

"I've heard he was a good winger who dropped into midfield later in his career.

"People say he was a bit like me as a player in that we both like to take people on.

"But I was a centre-midfielder who turned into a winger last year.

"I was smaller than the others when I got into the first team at Southampton and they thought I'd be better out on the wing because I wasn't physically capable of playing in the middle in a league like League One.

"I'm quite fast so I've just stayed on the wing and I'm not sure what my real position is now. Maybe I'll go back more central when I get older."

 
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