Arsenal star admits that he may be forced to leave The Emirates

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits for the first time that he may have to leave Arsenal to secure regular first-team football

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he may be forced to leave Arsenal in search of more regular first-team football.

The midfielder has had to settle for a bit-part role in the Arsenal side so far this season and has only started three Premier League games for Arsene Wenger’s men.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to help Arsenal hold on to claim a 3-2 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

However, the midfielder has only made a total of six appearances in the top flight this term as he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Arsenal side.

It remains to be seen whether Oxlade-Chamberlain can earn a more regular spot in the Arsenal first team this season.

But the player himself admits that he may be forced to consider his options should he fail to gain more regular playing time at The Emirates.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘I’d be lying if I sat here and said that it hasn’t crossed my mind that I need more game time. As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I’m not happy when I’m not playing.

“There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching that, when I do need to be getting more regular football, but my focus completely and utterly now is on playing for Arsenal and still trying to break into the team when I get the opportunity. Help out if I have to come off the bench, do what I did yesterday and come on and make a difference.

“My sole aim for now is to help Arsenal and keep pushing myself to play in this team, because you know, I love playing at Arsenal. It’s a great club, it’s a great team and I’ve got a lot of faith in the team.

“There is that in my mind that I do want to get more game time. There comes a time in your career where you have to re-evaluate things and think, ‘Is that going to be here or elsewhere?’

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“I’m not there at the moment, I’m fully focused on this season, playing my part in that. When you get to the end of the season, just like managers do where they re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situation, and I’ll do that at the end of the season.”

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