Campbell fears Arsenal signing Maitland-Niles 2.0 after 'nonsensical' report
Kevin Campbell has insisted an Arsenal swoop for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would “make no sense”.
The former Gunners hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the 28-year-old to current midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles – branding the pair “very similar”.
As reported by the Sun (October 11th), Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning a January reunion with England international Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has “fallen down the pecking order” at Anfield.
The midfielder left the Emirates for Liverpool in 2017 for a reported £35million.
His contract on Merseyside expires in 2023.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started just two games in all competitions for Liverpool this season, playing a total of 182 minutes.
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Campbell suggested Arsenal are right to cast their eyes at midfield cover but maintained the Southampton academy product is not the “answer”.
“His injury history would be a worry,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“Injuries have robbed Oxlade-Chamberlain of a lot of good years.
“He has played nowhere near enough games in recent seasons. He’s a centre-midfield player who can play out wide.
“Arsenal already have one of those utility men in Maitland-Niles. It was a battle to keep him at the club, so why would you sign a midfielder that is very similar.“
“It would make no sense to me.
“Arsenal need cover in the middle of the park because of the African Cup of Nations. But I don’t think Oxlade-Chamberlain is the answer.
“I think Arsenal should go for someone younger in profile.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been plagued by a series of injury problems that hampered his progress both at Arsenal and Liverpool.
According to Transfermarkt, the midfielder has missed a total of 155 games since joining the Gunners in 2011.