In Focus: Oxlade-Chamberlain will need to adapt to be a success at Chelsea or Liverpool

As reported by The Mirror, Arsenal are ready to offload Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the end of the transfer window with Liverpool and Chelsea leading the way for his signature.

What’s the story?

With another demoralising defeat behind them on Sunday, Arsenal are facing a week of hectic transfer action to rejuvenate their floundering squad and one man that could be leaving is England international Oxlade-Chamberlain.

That’s what The Mirror reckon anyway. They say that Arsenal offered one last contract worth £180,000-a-week to the 24-year-old which has swiftly been rejected.

That’s alerted Liverpool and Chelsea to the situation, both knowing that his current deal expires in less than 12 months and with the Gunners now prepared to sell him for £35m according to the paper.

Changing from the Arsenal way

Oxlade-Chamberlain has always had massive potential and on his day has been a top performer for the Gunners, but like many at the Emirates Stadium right now he’s looking a little lost in Arsene Wenger’s possession heavy system.

If he is to be a success at either Liverpool or Chelsea he’ll have to get used to a new brand of direct, attacking football that is focused on transitioning from defence to the final third as quickly as possible.

He does possess qualities, pace and dribbling, to be effective in such a system but could find it difficult to adapt at both clubs initially. On the right flank though you can picture the 24-year-old bombing up and down the flanks and becoming a hit at both clubs.

Is it time to move on from Arsenal for the benefit of his career?