Reports emerged during this week that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is the latest player that has decided to leave the club in the summer, following a few other first team stars out the exit doors.
Of course Alexis Sanchez is already seemingly preparing for the exit, whilst the likes of Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin may also consider moves if there isn’t change at the club. Reports of plays coming to blows, the uncertainty of Arsene Wenger’s future and the recent very bad run of results, has all accumulated to mean that several members of the squad are now thinking of moving on to pastures new. When the going gets tough, it’s good to power through, but if the players know that they can be competitive elsewhere, without such a hostile atmosphere and lots of uncertainty, then you really can’t blame them.
The Ox hasn’t had the easiest of times at Arsenal. A slow start to his career after being such a promising young talent has meant that he’s often been criticised by the fans. Wenger seems to have shunted the Englishman around the pitch, without recognising his best position and qualities and its meant that the Ox often gets the brute of it at Arsenal. There were reports earlier in the season that he was considering an exit anyway, before the current mess we find ourselves in, because the player is desperate for more playing time. Yet despite all of this, Arsene Wenger is surprised to hear that Ox, as well as other players are considering an exit from the Emirates.
Wenger told Sky Sports: “I am surprised by that [reports] because I believe he has developed well and played well when given his chance. When you are somewhere you have to want to be there first. After that I say I rate him highly and I think I showed that by staying behind him when he was injured. I personally wish he stays – I think he is a very promising player who has developed well and who looks also to have the values we rate.”
Wenger’s statement doesn’t really tell you anything besides the fact that he thinks Chamberlain should be happy – when he gets his chance. But that’s exactly the issue in that the player isn’t able to effectively get his chance to shine in a side that is undoubtedly faltering right now.
I think Ox has shown more so this season than others, that he does certainly have the quality and potential to become a very effective player for many years to come. The Ox is still young and could be major a player in this Arsenal squad, but like so many others in the team, I think he too needs as change of manager to be able to show his best abilities.