Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praises Alex Song

Who needs Cesc when you've got Song! Arsenal's Ox lauds midfielder

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14:24 GMT, 30 March 2012

Arsenal's teen sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that team-mate Alex Song has filled the creative void left by former skipper Cesc Fabregas.

The Gunners have surged up to third place in the Premier League after winning seven games in a row, with both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Song playing key roles in the midfield in the absence of Fabregas, who departed for Barcelona in a 36million deal last summer.

Flying high: Oxlade-Chamberlain messes around at training at London Colney

Flying high: Oxlade-Chamberlain messes around at training at London Colney

Flying high: Oxlade-Chamberlain messes around at training at London Colney

Despite being mainly known for his defensive work, Song has been given more freedom to get forward this season and has weighed in with eight assists in the league – the same as Gareth Bale and Nani.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, said: '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.

Creative force: Song has chipped in with eight assists this season

Creative force: Song has chipped in with eight assists this season

'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.

'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.

Cleaning up: Song is primarily a defensive midfielder

Cleaning up: Song is primarily a defensive midfielder

'He has been brilliant for us all season and he is a really good guy to have in the dressing room as well.

'Alex is always happy and putting smiles on everyone’s faces – he is a massive part of the squad.'

Wonderkid: Chamberlain has had an impressive debut season

Wonderkid: Chamberlain has had an impressive debut season

Oxlade-Chamberlain himself has enjoyed a brilliant debut season for Arsenal following his 12m move from Southampton in the summer.

He has become a key part of the side and is being tipped by many to go to Euro 2012 as part of the England squad.