Ray Wilkins tells this Arsenal star to quit the club this month
Ray Wilkins believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should seek a transfer away from Arsenal this month
Ray Wilkins has told Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to seek a transfer away from Arsenal this January in a bid to gain more playing time in the build-up to Euro 2016.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season and has struggled to break into the north London side’s starting line-up.
The England international, 22, has only started six of Arsenal 20 Premier League games so far this term and is yet to score or notch up an assist for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Reports in the British media on Friday morning claimed that Chelsea are pondering a summer swoop for the Arsenal star should Eden Hazard leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
And former Chelsea man Wilkins feels that Oxlade-Chamberlain would benefit from a move away from Emirates Stadium as he stakes his claim for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad next summer.
Wilkins told talkSPORT: “I would say to Oxlade-Chamberlain: leave, because he needs to be playing football.
“We’ve got these massive Championships coming up in the summer.
“He’s very positive and he’s quick. I think you could even play him in a midfield three because he can go past people.
“He’s a super young player and I like him immensely.
“People use to vie him against Theo [Walcott], but my preference is Oxlade-Chamberlain.”
Arsenal host Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.