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How Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could line up for Chelsea

Wednesday 30th August 2017
In a move that hasn't surprised many, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to swap the ominous skies of North London for the bright lights of West London. In a deal reported to be around £35m, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to earn £220,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.

The news has been received with a mixed reaction from both Arsenal and Chelsea fans alike. Some Blues fans don't see the worth of the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while many Arsenal fans feel the manager has given up too quickly on a young prospect. Regardless, it'll be interesting to see how Antonio Conte uses the 24-year old from a tactical standpoint.

Here's how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain line-up at Chelsea.

3-4-3 (maintained)

When the news first broke about Chamberlain's switch to Chelsea, many sceptics stated that the Englishman would still be shafted out on the flank, at RWB. They'll more than likely be correct as his preferred RW position is already being fought over by Pedro and Willian. Two players who are far more effective than the Ox in that role. If Antonio Conte wants to maintain the fluidity of his current 3-4-3 system, the only position that the Ox's attributes would be suited to is RWB.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's tenacious drive, power and pace would rival Victor Moses' current work rate. These attributes alone can't replicate what Willian & Pedro do at RW, on top of that, Chamberlain does not have the intelligence to link up well in the final third, he's more of an outlet than a creator. In a 3-4-3 the wing-backs are outlets and the inside wingers are creators.

4-1-2-1-2 (Diamond)

The uniqueness of a 4-4-2 diamond is that it can switch between being narrow and wide simultaneously. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as an RCM allows the 24-year old to operate both as a winger and a central midfielder.

The CMs in this formation often drift wide in attack to catch opponents out who had initially anticipated a narrow formation. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his desire on many an occasion to play as a winger or central midfielder, not as a wing-back.

This formation offers all of Chelsea's creative players the freedom to free-roam in the final third. Such a wheel of fluidity would cause mayhem for others to defend against.


One holding midfielder saddled by two energetic box-to-box midfielders offers the best balance in midfield a formation can offer today. It provides cover, midfielder runners and cuts off middle third passing lanes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would act as one of the two advanced box-to-box midfielders that run up and down the pitch throughout the game.

The 24-year old would be tasked with being the driving force of the majority of Chelsea's counter attacks. Defensively, he would have to help track midfield runners from the opposing team in the box. If the Ox can ensure he doesn't subconsciously position himself too wide in defence or attack, he could be the perfect secret weapon for Antonio Conte in a 4-3-3 switch.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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