COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Everton should attempt to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the January transfer window amid his contract stand-off with Arsenal.
The 23-year-old has just 18 months remains on his existing contract at the Emirates and is yet to begin negotiations with the north London club.
The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted that he wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay, but the Evening Standard claim the club are yet to open talks about a new contract.
Everton should plot a January raid for the attacking midfielder and pounce on his unsettled position at Arsenal.
The Toffees are hopeful of pushing for a European spot this season and Oxlade-Chamberlain could be the perfect player to help Ronald Koeman achieve success.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a fantastic player for Arsenal since he arrived in 2011 from Southampton, making 170 appearances for the club.
The right winger has scored 20 goals and supplied 27 assists in an attack-minded side, but has not always been a regular starter.
Arsenal have several talented attacking options and Oxlade-Chamberlain has completed 90 minutes in just three of his 21 appearance this season.
He has been in impressive form despite his restricted game time, scoring six goals and supplying six assists this campaign.
Everton fans would be delighted with a shock move for the attacking midfielder and he would improve the club’s current wide options of Aaron Lennon, Gerard Deulofeu, Enner Valencia and Kevin Mirallas.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has played 24 times for England during his career, but has not featured since 2015.
Everton would be able to offer him permanent football and a move could be favourable to both parties.