By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will grow into a central midfielder.
The youngster impressed alongside Alex Song and Tomas Rosicky in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over AC Milan, moving inside from his usual spot on the wing against the Italian champions.
Wenger has previously suggested that he sees the 18-year-old’s long-term future in that position, but admits there is development needed.
“I don't think he is ready to play in this role personally but he will certainly develop into it in the future,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player.
“He will play [there] again but I think he has to play where he is needed basically. The most important thing at the moment is that he develops well.
“He had a good game but he still has many things to add to his game. That is the purpose now for his work, especially the fitness, the physical intensity to add to his game. That will certainly come if he works hard.
“You are not a star after five or 10 games, let's let him play 100 times and then we will talk again.”
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