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Arsenal’s and England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he is ready to consider his future away at the Emirates having struggled to make it to the Gunners first team selection.
The 23-year-old winger has been a promising youngster since he made his move to Arsenal from Southampton in 2011. However, his progression at the north London club has been sidelined due to series of persistent injuries.
His current with Arsenal expires I 2018 and, while appearing on Sky Sports [via Independent], he revealed that he might soon decide a switch away from the Emirates.
He was quoted saying as follows:
“I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t crossed my mind that I need more game time,” he said. “As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I’m not happy when I’m not playing.
“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.”
“Help out if I have to come off the bench, do what I did yesterday and come on and make a difference.”
“My sole aim for now is to help Arsenal and keep pushing myself to play in this team, because you know, I love playing at Arsenal. It’s a great club, it’s a great team and I’ve got a lot of faith in the team.”
He also went further revealing that he has confronted the manager Arsene Wenger over his lack of playing time for the Gunners and asked what he needs to do in order to achieve that,
“As I’ve got older, in the last year or so, I’ve gone and knocked on his door and had words with him,” he said.
“I’m at a stage now where I definitely want to be playing and pushing him to play me, getting feedback and if I’m not playing, finding out why I’m not playing. Or if I am playing, what he is happy with or what he is not happy with.”
“There is that in my mind that I do want to get more game time. There comes a time in your career where you have to re-evaluate things and think, “Is that going to be here or elsewhere?”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made nine appearances for Arsenal this season, four of which have come as a substitute, including Saturday’s display off the bench in the 3-2 win over Swansea City.