Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he might have to leave Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he will have to consider his future at the club if Arsene Wenger continues to overlook him.

Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he might have to leave Arsenal

Wenger questioned the winger’s self-belief in the summer and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s made just three starts in the Premier League this season.

The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in 2011 but he’s scored just eight league goals in five years at the club and is behind the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order.

Jack Wilshere left the Gunners to join Bournemouth on loan in the summer – a decision that Oxlade-Chamberlain praised – and the winger’s suggested he too might have to leave the club to restart his career.

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‘I’d be lying if I wasn’t going to sit here and say that it has crossed my mind that I need more game time. As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I’m not happy when I’m not playing,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain told Goals on Sunday.

‘There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching that, when I do need to be getting more regular football, but my focus completely and utterly now is on playing for Arsenal and still trying to break into the team when I get the opportunity. Help out if I have to come off the bench, do what I did yesterday and come on and make a difference.

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‘My sole aim for now is to help Arsenal and keep pushing myself to play in this team, because you know, I love playing at Arsenal. It’s a great club, it’s a great team and I’ve got a lot of faith in the team.

‘There is that in my mind that I do want to get more game time. There comes a time in your career where you have to re-evaluate things and think, “Is that going to be here or elsewhere?”

‘I’m not there at the moment, I’m fully focused on this season, playing my part in that. When you get to the end of the season, just like managers do where they re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situation, and I’ll do that at the end of the season.’

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3 thoughts on “Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he might have to leave Arsenal

  1. You are a good player but your major problem is staying fit and injury free. If you can achieve this, you will surely break into the first team. This I think is the same view Monsieur Wenger has about you. So stay fit and injury free and make it difficult for the manager to keep up on the bench and you will definitely break into the first team. Take a cue from Alex Iwobi and the sky will not be your limit but your starting point. All za best.

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