Arsenal star admits he might have to consider future in next few months

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The improved form of one talented but underachieving England winger has, so far this season, one of the biggest plus points in Arsenal's campaign.

Unfortunately for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it has been his teammate Theo Walcott who has been the man making the headlines with goal-scoring performances.

Indeed, the Ox has had to take something of a back seat during Arsenal's impressive seven-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League, having started just three games in the league this season. Speaking on Goals on Sunday, it sounds like the 23-year-old is starting to contemplate his future in north London as a result.

"I'd be lying if I wasn't going to sit here and say that it has crossed my mind that I need more game time," the England international told the Sky Sports show, via the Daily Mail.

"As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I'm not happy when I'm not playing."

Despite his impressive form in pre-season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to force his way into the Arsenal XI on a regular basis this year.

Now in his fifth year with the Gunners, he was expected to be a fixture in Wenger's first-team by this stage of his career. 

With things not having turned out as planned, doubts are most certainly creeping in.

"There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I'm approaching that, when I do need to be getting more regular football.

"But my focus completely and utterly now is on playing for Arsenal and still trying to break into the team when I get the opportunity."


The pacey winger went on to insist he is committed to helping Arsenal achieve success this season. However, with game time at a premium, he admitted he could reconsider his future at the end of the campaign if things haven't changed.

"When you get to the end of the season, just like managers do where they re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situation, and I'll do that at the end of the season."

Although he was careful not to make it an ultimatum to Wenger, Oxlade-Chamberlain's comments leave Arsenal fans under no illusions that the Englishman is considering a move away from the Emirates.

Still only 23, you would think Arsenal would be extremely keen to keep hold of a player who, at times during his time at the club, has shown was a talent he can be.

Nevertheless, with his career stalling at a key stage, they might have little choice but to sell if the midfielder decides he wants out.

If Wenger continues to overlook him - and few would argue with that decision given recent form - that might just happen sooner rather than later.


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