He claims that Oxlade- Chamberlain, just 17, regards himself as a creative playmaker, more suited to the hole just off the hitmen.
Walcott, with 14 months left on his current contract, said: “It’s always great to have competition. You want to play well, you want the team to play well and to have other players around keeps you on your toes.
“Alex is a good lad and we get on very well. He gets on with his job and he is learning the game. But we are totally different players, to be honest.
“He’s told me that he’s an attacking midfield player, that he likes to play just behind the striker in that free role. And I can see that because he’s very powerful when he gets the ball.”