Ledley King suspects he will grow into his new midfield role the more games he plays in the position.
Not totally unfamiliar territory for the brilliant 23-year-old, the England cap featured briefly in midfield during the George Graham era and he is now back as a powerful presence in the centre of the 'engine room'.
Having started against West Ham, Bolton and now Arsenal following his recovery from a hamstring strain, Ledley admits that he is still finding his way in the middle and feels he will become more accustomed to it as the season progresses.
"I think I'm always going to feel stronger the more games I play after coming back from injury," he reasoned. "Every game is going to help me get my fitness back and, obviously, I will get more used to the position the more games I play.
"At the moment I am still trying to find my feet.
"My responsibility is to provide a bit of protection for the back four I think. To break up play hopefully and give the ball simply. It can be difficult at times, but that is what I am there for to help the team," he added before explaining what his instructions were against Arsenal on Saturday.
"Against Arsenal they had Kanu who likes to drop in behind and Gilberto who likes to drop deep. We didn't want to give them any time at all to feel comfortable and play and my job was to close down Gilberto as soon as possible.
"Also, if we were on the attack, my job was to get up the pitch and try and support our play.
"I enjoyed the game and I think the lads enjoyed the fact that we had a right go at them. It was just the outcome that was disappointing."