Arsenal's bright, young talent hasn't looked so bright in recent weeks - but is it too soon to let him go?
Criticism for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has largely come from difficult and underwhelming performances against Leicester City and Barcelona.
The former Southampton starlet had an excellent chance to put his side 1-0 up against the European champions before being hauled off by his manager with 40 minutes to go.
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When a club decides whether or not sell a player they have to first take into consideration his age.
While many fans will point to the fact he isn't a teenager anymore, he still has plenty of years ahead of him.
The 22-year-old has been linked with various moves away, but Wenger wouldn't want the Arsenal winger to haunt his side in the future.
When asked recently whether he thought Chamberlain was too harsh on himself, Wenger said, according to the Telegraph: "He gets too down.
"It’s not too much a lack of confidence, but he has such a high expectation level that he’s very demanding of his performances.
"He’s 22, Alex, we forget these guys are still very, very young. He’s getting to the age now where he will be most efficient."
The Arsenal forward has made 22 Premier League appearances this campaign yet only scored once. In fact, in 100 league games he has managed to find the back of the net just seven times.
He needs to up his game in that department and it's almost certainly the reason behind why he starts most games on the bench.
He may have time to develop and add goals to his game, but he is a year older than compatriot Raheem Sterling, who scored seven league goals last season alone.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN MAJOR HONOURS
Arsenal are trying to win the title for the first time in 12 years, and one reason why they have struggled is due to a lack of consistent goalscorers since Robin van Persie left.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott go through patches of scoring and so does Alexis Sanchez, resulting in the occasional goal drought.
Above all else, the Gunners need a right winger who can provide a better end product for his teammates and finish chances himself.
And Chamberlain just isn't cutting it. He may have scored against Bournemouth, but his chance against Barcelona showed he needs more composure in front of goal.
GO OUT ON LOAN
As a result, a viable option would be to send Chamberlain out on loan. This way, he can earn regular game time and improve every aspect of his game with a lower ranked Premier League club.
Moreover, the pressure to perform would be lessened, allowing him greater freedom and the ability to make mistakes without being scrutinised.
It would be a difficult decision to make for Wenger, of course, but the current situation isn't working for both parties - simple.
Chamberlain needs to develop his undoubted talent elsewhere, and whilst a permanent move away is far from the ideal next step, time away from the Emirates could do him the world of good.
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