Sky Sports pundit: Arsenal 23-year-old must leave club
By Dominic Toner
Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should leave in the summer.
The 23-year-old has racked up 180 appearances for the Gunners since his arrival in 2011 from Southampton.
The England international has played a variety of positions this season across the midfield, but is predominately associated as a right winger.
He has been used as a central midfielder by Arsene Wenger recently and could start in that position on Wednesday night against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas feels that Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t have a future with the north London club and should leave in the summer.
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“I think it’s time for him to move on. He’s got bundles of ability, pace and strength, although he could do with finishing a bit better. He should be playing more than Iwobi and the fact that he isn’t in ahead of him means I don’t think he has a promising future at Arsenal,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been fighting for a starting position ever since his arrival in a very competitive squad, with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lucas Perez, Alex Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez all in contention.
The Englishman has proved to be a versatile option for Wenger, but has endured spells in and out of the starting line-up.
He is currently an important part of the side, but Nicholas feels he would benefit from going elsewhere.
Arsenal’s academy product Iwobi has burst on to the scene this season and has been the preferred wide man with Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has chipped in with six goals and supplied seven assists this campaing, but his days may be numbered at the Emirates Stadium.
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