Ox reveals tactical switch that has sparked surge in form for the Arsenal attacker

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has lifted the lid on the tactical change that has sparked a surge in form for the Arsenal attacker.

The Ox is vying for a place in the first team starting line-up for the Premier League game against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners go in to the clash with Sean Dyche’s Clarets sitting in fourth spot and unbeaten in five games.

And the form Southampton winger says the focus to continue learning from his team-mates, who have a vast array of talent, knowledge and experience, has kept him on his toes.

He said:

“When you’re playing in a team like Arsenal and there are talented players all over the pitch, you just have to rely on them to find you when you make runs.”

“Where I’ve been more of a midfielder than a forward, I was used to coming to the ball, so I was picking up the ball in deeper positions and not in behind the defence, which is obviously where you’re the biggest threat.”

“This year I’ve just worked mostly on making runs in behind and just trusting the boys to find you with balls over the top.”

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger says it was an easy decision to extend the contract of Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker.

The German World Cup winning defender has agreed to stay another year in north London and the Gunners manager is delighted.

He said:

“He is a leader of the team and he is also one of the four centre backs who has experience and can guide the team. There were no negotiations because he had an option for extension.”

“So it’s not really a new contract, it’s just an extension of the old one. We had to take that option early in the season and the decision was made quite easily.”