Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hinted that he may look to leave Arsenal at the end of the season if he can’t nail down a first team place.
The 23-year-old appeared as a guest on Sky Sports‘ Goals on Sunday programme (along with his father Mark) and although he pledged his immediate allegiance to his club, he did admit he would have to reevaluate the situation at the end of the current campaign.
— Sky Sports GOS (@GoalsOnSunday) October 16, 2016
“I would be lying to say it hasn’t crossed my mind that I need more game time,
“As a footballer you want to play every game, and I’m not happy when I’m not playing, as is everyone on the bench.
“There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching it, when I do need to get more regular football but my focus is completely and utterly on playing for Arsenal and breaking into the team when I get the opportunity.
“I love being at Arsenal. It’s a great club, a great team and I have a lot of faith in the team. I just want to keep focusing on that but there is that in my mind where I want to get more game time.
“There comes a time in your career sometimes when you have to re-evaluate and think, ‘Is that going to be here or elsewhere?’
“I’m not there at the moment, I’m fully focused on this season and playing my part.
“I will do that at the end of the season and see what is happening.”
The England international came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Swansea at the Emirates. Indeed, he has only started three Premier League games from eight this season, and a combination of injuries and the battle for places has meant that he has started just 52 league games (with 54 more appearances coming as a substitute) since singing for the club in a £12m deal from Southampton in 2011.
He was linked with a move from the Emirates in the summer, and given the fact that he faces strong competition from Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi for the wing berths, which Alexis Sánchez, Lucas Pérez and Aaron Ramsey can also play in and with Danny Welbeck due back from injury in the new year, the young forward’s long term future at Arsenal can seriously be called into question.