Would it be so bad if the Ox left Arsenal?

Despite quite a few years of disappointing results, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still seems to have faith in his ‘British Core’, and above everybody else, the Frenchman seems to have unlimited faith in the English winger Alex-Oxlade chamberlain, who is still seemingly finding his place at the club, despite being in North London for the best part of six years.

As quoted by the the Daily Telegraph, Wenger said: “I personally think it is vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal. We bought him when he was very young and we have built him up. I like his mentality and he has a good football brain. It would be a big damage for us to lose this kind of player.”

Well, to be honest, I really like what Oxlade-Chamberlain is like as a player. The Englishman is blessed with pace, power, versatility and even has the ability to find a killer pass, along with a piledriver of a right foot. But despite all his astonishing attributes, which he displayed by the tender age of 18, the former Southampton man has failed miserably to put his foot down on a place in the Arsenal starting XI and continues to struggle with consistency.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think he’s a top player, but at some point, the club will have to decide how much more time he can be given. Constant issues with fitness, final ball delivery and finishing have plagued the 23-year-old ever since he first arrived at the Emirates and there still seems to be no definite improvement in that regard, despite what Wenger has to say.

But considering that the player is still 23 years of age and yet to hit the prime of his career, perhaps he can be given more time by the club. But surely, it wouldn’t be ‘big damage’ to lose him as Wenger says. The focus should be on securing new contracts with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and bringing in reinforcements who are more likely to provide instantaneous results for this struggling Arsenal side.



  1. regneW out. says:

    Give Ox one more season.
    Debuchy 3.5 m Mertz 3m Sanogo 2 m
    And we have enough to keep both Sanchez and Ozil.

    1. Midkemma says:

      I bet Alexis would accept less than 300k per week if we shown real title ambition, Aguero at City is on 220k a week if I’m not mistaken but City show real ambition to win the EPL, even if they don’t… they show more ambition than we do and a real contender rather than making up the numbers.

      IMO to show the ambition needed then we need to rebuild.

      Not just to shake things up but to also free up some wages that could be used to pay TOP players

      Ramsey is on 110k per week, Wilshere is on 90k per week, Welbeck on 70k, Perez on 70k… neither of them are worth fighting to keep and that is a combined 340k per week!

      Vidal from Bayern is on 150k (euro) a week, Lacazette is on around 80k (euro) per week… Could give them both a pay rise to join us along with bringing Gnabry back 😛

      For the wage of Debuchy and Jenks we could have Serge Aurier from PSG to compete with Bellerin.

      We could get rid of Per and Gab and combine those wages to give Boateng a payrise for leaving Bayern.

  2. Arsenal007 says:

    I would rather Walcott left…If I had to make a choice.

    1. sabelo says:

      They ought to leave both, him (Ox) and Walcott ohh and take Welbeck with them.

  3. gotanidea says:

    I agree on Chamberlain’s constant issues with fitness, final ball delivery and finishing. He has raw power, stamina and speed, also can help Arsenal with the English player quota, but he still has to learn many things.

    It’s okay if he leaves, but not to another Premiere League club and should be sold for at least 30 millions.

  4. tweety says:

    i wish he could stay under a new manager. at 23 he is still maturing and surely he will be top class if there is a change in management. gooner = forever

  5. Gunner 4 Life says:

    Ox z destined to be a great player.. He z trying n this season He has had his breakthrough.. Talent z there.. Potential z there.. Southampton game z a clear example of what He z all about.. If the likes of United n lately Liverpool r vying 4 Him.. it must b that They might have seen those glimpses of a Great player bt not Our beloved Manager Mr. Wenger….! I ll b disappointed if He leaves.. coz dis seems to b the time in which He starts flourishing.. may be under a new manager….

    1. stubill says:

      Are there some keys missing from your keyboard?

  6. AndersS says:

    OX is a very unreliable player. No defensive discipline. Often injured. I can see why Wenger thinks he is vital. OX is exactly the player he needs to keep a catastrophic defensive record and keep us ahead in numbers of injuries 🙂

  7. Midkemma says:

    As others have pointed out, there are other players who need to be sold before the Ox.

    I would like to see The Ox played more in CM, if we do not play Ozil then Ox should be played in a 3 man CM instead of 2CM and 1 ACM.

    If Wenger wants to keep him then Ox needs to tell Wenger that he wants the CM role, like Theo did and got given his chance to fail.

    While knowing he could fail, we need to buy in a top player who could step in within a few months to adapt. Assuming we can get rid of Ramsey who is earning the same as Kante!!!!!! GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  8. RSH says:

    His arsenal career has been a mess up until recent months. And its easy to stand out when everyone is playing bad you’re looking for a new contract. Ox hasn’t shown he can be relied upon, just like the rest of our British players. Apparently there are rumors he will cost 35mill. If he leaves for that much, how can anyone complain? Sell him along with the lot of our Brits.

    1. RSH says:

      I don’t think Ox is a priority problem though. There are ton of more players that don’t deserve to be here. And maybe Ox still has a chance under better management. I think a lot of our players can turn out to be good under a different manager. Unfortunately it looks like that wont happen and Wenger will continue to reign.

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