By Rob Kelly
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the range of Alex Song’s passing this season reminds him of Cesc Febregas.
The Cameroon international has caught the eye with some superb all-action displays this term and has eight Premier League assists to his name - the same as Gareth Bale and Nani.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been hugely impressed by his team-mate’s contribution and says he is as influential off the pitch as on it.
“I can't remember the last game he didn't play - he is always there. Sometimes you don't notice the stuff he does, the defensive side of the game, but he is always there cleaning up,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Obviously he has been bringing assists to the team as well. Some of the passes he has been putting in, like for two of the unbelievable volleys Robin has scored, reminds me technically of watching Fabregas put those balls through.
“For a holding midfielder to do that, as well as the defensive side of the game, is brilliant. You can't ask for anything more.
“He has been brilliant for us all season and he is a really good guy to have in the dressing room as well. He is always happy and putting smiles on everyone's faces - he is a massive part of the squad.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was hailed for his performance in central midfield against AC Milan, but he admits he still has lots to learn from the likes of Song and Mikel Arteta.
“I watch them every week in training,” he said. “I look at the movement they have off the ball, and when they have the ball they are always positive and looking to find Robin or a winger. I can take that into my own game.
“You always try to learn off anyone in the team, especially top players like Alex Song and Mikel, as well as Aaron and also Jack when he is back.”
Watch the full interview with Alex on Arsenal Player.