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​Oxlade-Chamberlain admits desire to play midfield influenced decision to join Liverpool over Chelsea

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he has waited his whole career to play attacking midfield.

The 24-year-old was used as a winger or wing-back during his six seasons with Arsenal.

It was reported that the England international snubbed a move to Chelsea because of Antonio Conte's desire to play him at wing-back.

When asked if what position he feels most comfortable in, Oxlade-Chamberlain confirmed speculation he wanted to play in a more central role.

"I've spoke about this for about six years - my whole career - where I'm going to be playing or where I'd like to play. I just say I'd like to be an attacking midfielder," he told the club's website.

"I've spoke to the manager about this, there's going to be a lot of positions [available] in this team: up-front, because the wingers play a bit more inside, or the midfield.

"I wouldn't like to put a label on it at this stage, I need to get a feel for how the team plays and obviously it's for the manager to decide.

"But ultimately, I just want to be able to be an attacking influence and have that effect further up the pitch; whether that's from an attacking midfield position or one of the wider positions coming in, I'm not too fussed."

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