Amid Arsenal’s transfer panicking, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been lost once again. The former Southampton star has slipped from the most promising player at the club to become an also-ran, a weak link, if you will.
A bustling midfielder with the energy to play centrally, ‘The Ox’ has spent the majority of his career on the right hand side and has stagnated at Arsenal.
Whether this is down to the regular injury lay-offs, lack of first team minutes of some other, unknown factor, Arsenal no longer seems to be the best place for someone who was once one of the most gifted British players around.
The reputation that Chamberlain has developed throughout the last few seasons means that clubs would be queueing up for his signature. His versatility will make him all the more popular with British clubs, too.
There are a fair few reasons Chamberlain should be looking for a move this summer. Luckily we’ve picked out FIVE of the best for you…
Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil.
All of these players are seemingly ahead of Chamberlain in the Arsenal pecking for his strongest position on the right wing. Still relatively small fry at a club with Arsenal’s squad depth, Chamberlain is doing himself no favours by warming the bench, only to be used as an occasional impact substitute.
We often see players develop most when they have serious responsibility to lead the team and Chamberlain would unquestionably benefit from such.
Arsene Wenger’s injury record at the Gunners is continuing to trouble players’ careers.
Whatever their previous fitness status, Wenger’s club seems to damage players in a way of no other. Whether this is a result of over-training or some seriously consistent bad luck, it has crushed the hopes of many an Arsenal youngster.
Oxlade-Chamberlain might just be a player who will always suffer with injuries, but – if he never moves – he may never find out.
How can a player possibly reach their potential when they are bench warming?
It’s hard to know. Chamberlain is a recognised member of the first team squad, so he doesn’t even get the opportunity to keep fitness up with the under-21s, he is simply a reserve behind the bigger, more proven names in Wenger’s squad.
Most of all, Chamberlain could force a move away from Arsenal in the knowledge that many a Premier League club will be chasing his signature.
All will be fully aware of the ability he has and, with this in mind, he will likely be able to take his pick.
Recently having turned 23, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best years are still most certainly ahead of him.
The former Southampton man must be wondering why his career has taken a relatively mediocre turn, but he can still save it.
A transfer this summer would allow the winger time to settle in at a new club and then build himself up again, before the stagnation kills off his career. His talent is still there, he still has the pace and power, so there is no reason a swift transfer now would be a bad move.