Whether the Arsenal transfer rumours about the possible sale at the end of the season of the England international midfield star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are true is anyone’s guess. It could all be just the football media putting two and two together to get five or simply conjecture after the latest injury picked up by the Ox has thrown into question the impact that the 22-year old has had for Arsenal since we signed him from Southampton in 2011.
The perceived lack of progress and improvement from the player is the reason The Independent claims that Arsene Wenger is willing to sell Chamberlain at the end of this season, as long as some club is willing to cough up around £15 million for him that is.
Just 14 goals from almost 150 games in the five seasons as a Gunner is not what Wenger and the Arsenal fans expected from this dynamic and exciting talent and there have not been too many signs that he is getting any better, but then again we did apparently refuse to sell him to Chelsea last summer when the talks over the transfer of Petr Cech was going on.
However, if Wenger was to sell the Ox who would replace him in the Arsenal squad? How about another injury prone attacking midfielder with promise and potential that he has yet to realise? Well according to a Metro report we are looking at a player who fits the description called Rolando Aarons. The 20/year old is currently on the books with Newcastle United and unless they can persuade him to sign a new contract he will be available on a free transfer in the summer. I can just imagine Wenger rubbing his hands together now.
Aarons has been compared to Raheem Sterling because of his playing style but in the two seasons since signing a professional contract he has played just 10 games and scored two goals. So is Wenger about to give up on the Ox and bring another similar young player to Arsenal?