Oxlade-Chamberlain was linked with a surprise move to Stamford Bridge in Friday morning’s newspapers - The Sun understand that Chelsea are considering the 22-year-old as a replacement for Eden Hazard - and Wilkins feels it’s in the winger’s best interests to leave the Emirates Stadium in order to secure his place in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships in France.
Wilkins described Oxlade-Chamberlain as a “super young player” and hinted that he believes the former Southampton starlet is a better footballer than Theo Walcott.
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“I would say to Oxlade-Chamberlain: leave, because he needs to be playing football,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT. “We’ve got these massive Championships coming up in the summer.
“He’s very positive and he’s quick. I think you could even play him in a midfield three because he can go past people.
“He’s a super young player and I like him immensely.
“People use to vie him against Theo [Walcott], but my preference is Oxlade-Chamberlain.”
Strong competition for places at Chelsea
If Oxlade-Chamberlain did decide to leave Arsenal this month, however, there would be no guarantees that he would receive more game time at Chelsea. Competition for attacking places at Stamford Bridge is strong, despite the team’s struggles this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain needs more minutes
But it’s true that Oxlade-Chamberlain needs more minutes. The Englishman has featured sporadically for the Gunners this season and has only completed 90 minutes in the Premier League on two occasions.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player of immense quality and potential but his career is in real danger of stagnating unless he establishes himself as a first-choice member of the Gunners’ squad over the coming weeks and months.
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