Arsenal wonder-kid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready leave Emirates Stadium in a bid to get first team football to boost his Euro 2012 chances, according to reports.
The Daily Star is saying Arsene Wenger’s exciting young charge is desperate for a loan move to help get into Fabio Capello’s squad.
The 18-year-old has been blooded slowly since his move to Emirates Stadium from Southampton in the summer.
The England Under-21 star has only made seven appearances for Arsenal this season and just one of these a Barclays Premier League appearance.
Despite so few starts, ‘The Ox’ has received rave reviews for his performances and was tipped early in the season for a surprise call up to the Euro 2012 squad.
Wenger has chosen to be cautious over the young winger so far, thought to be a move to keep the player grounded and to curb the inevitable hype that surrounds him.
Oxlade-Chamberlain started in Monday night’s FA Cup third round tie against Leeds United, where Gunners legend Thierry Henry made his fairytale comeback.
The winger was replaced in the 68th minute by Theo Walcott – meaning he has completed 90 minutes just once for the north London club.
Wenger’s unwillingness to give the player more playing time, and apparent belief he is not ready for Premier League action, is thought to be behind Oxlade-Chamberlain’s desire for a loan move.
However, with Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, ‘The Ox’ could find playing opportunities improve over the next month.