Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has always been highly rated at Arsenal, but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season due to his own issues with form and fitness as well as the emergence of Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi.
According to ESPN, Manchester United have asked to be kept updated on the player’s transfer situation, with the Gunners possibly looking to offload him in the summer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the victim of much criticism this season after failing to have much of an impact for Arsenal. He started off the season superbly, scoring the winner against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield to give Arsene Wenger his first and only victory over Jose Mourinho.
The England international has struggled with injuries this season, but hasn’t been very influential even when he has been on the pitch. He has scored just 2 goals in 33 appearances for the Gunners, without registering a single assist. He averages just one shot on goal and 0.9 key passes per game, a poor return considering that the 22-year-old plays in one of the most attacking teams in the league.
All of these factors have made it difficult for ‘the Ox’ to retain a place in the starting XI at Arsenal. The emergence of young Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi and competition from Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell have further reduced his time on the pitch.
Three Premier League clubs are after the Ox
Manchester United are not the only ones eyeing a potential move for the youngster. Their bitter rivals Liverpool have also reportedly expressed an interest in the winger, while ambitious West Ham United under Slaven Bilic are hoping to land the England international in the hope that it will boost their efforts to secure a Champions League spot in the coming seasons.
Oxlade-Chamberlain still has a long career ahead of him and could live up to his potential if managed and coached in the proper manner. Any deal would involve a profit for Arsenal, who acquired him from Southampton for €13.8 million in 2011. He is currently rated at €20 million by transfermarkt.com and although Manchester United and other prospective suitors will have to pay significantly more than that for his services, he represents a bargain investment considering his youth and ability.
Liverpool and Manchester United will definitely be his favoured destinations, but West Ham could end up luring him to their new Olympic Stadium with the promise of regular game time.