Arsenal star told to leave amid Chelsea links

Former England international Ray Wilkins has urged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave Arsenal this month to boost his chances of making it into the Three Lions’ EURO 2016 squad.

The 22-year-old winger has made 17 appearances for the Gunners this term, but his chances of being a starter under Arsene Wenger over the back end of 2015/16 may be dip when Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla return from injury.

Shock links between ‘The Ox’ and Chelsea have emerged of late with the west Londoners thought to be plotting for life after Eden Hazard, although the Emirates Stadium side would surely be loathe to do business with the local, and bitter, rivals.

But Wilkins has called on Oxlade-Chamberlain to seriously consider a move away from Arsenal before the current transfer window closes, as he needs game time to guarantee a role in the England set-up for the European Championships in France this summer:

“I would say to Oxlade-Chamberlain: leave, because he needs to be playing football,” he told talkSPORT.

“We’ve got these massive Championships coming up in the summer.

“He’s very positive and he’s quick. I think you could even play him in a midfield three because he can go past people.

“He’s a super young player and I like him immensely.

“People use to vie him against Theo [Walcott], but my preference is Oxlade-Chamberlain.”