Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s rumoured frustration at Arsenal is a good thing according to former midfielder Gilberto Silva.
According to recent reports, Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing increasingly unhappy at Arsenal due to his bit-part role in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The 22-year-old was linked with a return to former club Southampton during the January transfer rumour amidst concerns that he will be overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson for this summer’s European Championships.
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However, Silva speaking exclusively to 888sport, insists this frustration could prove to be beneficial for both club and player.
The Brazilian said: “I like that he is unhappy with not playing. I would be very frustrated myself and if you are comfortable on the bench that’s something that is very wrong.
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"He has to give himself every opportunity to get back into the starting eleven and this is only something he can do himself.
"No-one will do the work for him. He has to find a way.”
Since his £12 million signing from Southampton in August 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain has featured in almost 100 Premier League games for Wenger’s side.
However, despite giving numerous indications of his potential, the England international has so far failed to nail down a starting spot with 15 of his 25 appearances in all competitions this season coming off the bench.
The midfielder has scored just seven Premier League goals in over four years in north London, whilst he is yet to register an assist this season.
Evidently frustrated by the winger’s lack of development, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness recently questioned Oxlade-Chamberlain’s attitude.
He commented: “’Does he take it seriously enough? He always seems to be a bit of a joker.
“There is a player in there. It’s stand up and be counted time.
“He’s 22 - he should not be accepting, with the quality he has, sitting on the bench and being a bit-part player.
"You’ve got to be banging down the manager’s door and saying ‘I’m ready for this’. Is he prepared to do that? I see him laughing and giggling a lot [in interviews].
"I’d want him to be a bit more serious and angry and upset with me if I was the manager leaving him out.
“There’s no doubt about it he has quality. When [ Arsene Wenger ] doesn’t use him the other night, is it because he doesn’t trust him?
"At 22, it’s time to stand up and say ‘this is my moment’."
Souness isn't the only one
On the subject of his jovial nature, Oxlade-Chamberlain was recently criticised by Arsenal fans over social media for dancing in the tunnel prior to their disappointing 0-0 draw with Southampton.
Next up for Wenger’s team is Sunday’s crucial fixture against table toppers Leicester City. With Alexis Sanchez back from injury and looking sharp, Oxlade-Chamberlain could once again find himself benched despite his important goal in the recent 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
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Read the full 888sport interview with Gilberto Silva here, including how he thinks Francis Coquelin's return will boost Arsenal to the title.