Seemingly out-of-favour Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly wanted by La Liga duo – Valencia and Sevilla
Spanish publication El Gol Digital have claimed that La Liga duo, Valencia and Sevilla, are interested in securing the signature of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international has failed to get much game time at Arsenal this season and now, the La Liga duo seem keen to exploit the situation and secure a transfer for the player.
Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Arsenal billed as a future superstar, with the Gunners elated to beat Manchester United in the race to sign the English prodigy. The player has since shown promise at times, but, at large, failed to live up to his potential.
The product remains a wonderkid and at the age of 23, the particular tag does not bode well. The Ox, as he is famously called, seemed to have had a breakout season in the 2014-15 iteration of the Premier League, with the former Southampton man impressing Arsene Wenger, who handed the youngster 17 starts in that season.
However, the player has failed to progress past that season, with only 9 starts in the last season. Alex has played 268 minutes out of a possible 720 this season, which is far from ideal for the 23-year-old. The attacker has voiced his concerns recently with even going on to say that he may have to consider the possibility of leaving the club if the situation does not get better.
Arsene Wenger, though, addressed The Ox’s situation and said that, as a manager, he hopes that Alex does not leave the club for, among various reasons, the investment the club has made in him from the point that he was just 17.
The Frenchman went on to add that he rates the player very highly and hopes that the attacker is able to establish himself back as a first-team regular by the end of the season.
However, considering the possibility that the Englishman is not willing to wait that long, the 23-year-old has, in Valencia and Sevilla, options to kick-start his stagnant career, with both the clubs eager to add attacking options to their squad.
A player so highly touted at the age of 17, who has almost gone into oblivion in the eyes of the footballing world at the age of 23, is unlikely to be patient for much longer, which may just present Valencia and Sevilla a golden opportunity to add the attacker to their ranks.
Who knows, the move may just prove to be a turning point in the player’s career, as has been the case for many others from Arsenal and other top Premier League clubs on the fringes of the respective first-team squads.