Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain growing frustrated with bit-part Arsenal role

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Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing frustrated with his lack of first-team action at the Emirates, according to The Sun.

The 22-year-old is nearing his 100th league appearance for the Gunners, yet he has played a full 90 minutes just ten times in almost five years.

Arsene Wenger has predominantly deployed Oxlade-Chamberlain as an impact substitute in the second-half of games, with 15 of his 25 appearances in all competitions this season coming from the bench.


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The £12 million signing from Southampton has contributed just two goals during his limited opportunities for Arsenal since August, failing to register a single assist.

The impeccable form of attacking full-back Hector Bellerin has seen Wenger opt for a narrower, more defence-minded option on the right-wing in either Joel Campbell or Aaron Ramsey to complement the Spaniard’s marauding runs forward.

Wenger seems to think Oxlade-Chamberlain lacks defensive responsibility to provide cover for Bellerin, who has emerged as one of the Gunners’ key men amidst their bid to land a first Premier League title since 2004.

The England international is fretting over the prospect of missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad due to his inability to hold down a regular starting position.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal at the Emirates and although he may be tempted to seek game time elsewhere, his manager insists he has nothing to worry about regarding his future.

"I think Alex is too harsh with himself and he allows himself to get too down," the 66-year-old said.

"It’s not so much a lack of confidence, it’s more he has such a high expectation level that he is very demanding of his own performances.

"But he is only 22 and we forget these guys are still very, very young. At the start of your career you are a talent and then you become more efficient.

"Alex is now getting to the age where he will be most efficient as a player. But an automatic choice does not exist in our job, especially at big clubs."

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