Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas believes midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s time at the club is almost over.
Speaking to Sky Sports (quotes via the Daily Express) about the England international, he cited the fact that Arsene Wenger has opted to give Alex Iwobi more starts than Oxlade-Chamberlain as a reason for the player’s likely departure from the Emirates:
“I think it’s time for him to move on. He’s got bundles of ability, pace and strength, although he could do with finishing a bit better. He should be playing more than [Alex] Iwobi and the fact that he isn’t in ahead of him means I don’t think he has a promising future at Arsenal.”
Iwobi is three years the junior of Oxlade-Chamberlain, and although both players have played 32 games so far this campaign, Iwobi has started 24 times while Oxlade-Chamberlain has started on 17 occasions.
Whether Iwobi has surpassed Oxlade-Chamberlain in his development already is up for debate but what isn’t in question is the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain will just have one year left on his contract at the end of the season.
No talks about a new deal are believed to have taken place which adds weight to Nicholas’s belief that the player’s time at the club may be coming to an end after six years with the Gunners.