Arsenal star told to leave this summer, he’s been linked with Liverpool
Phil Thompson wants to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave Arsenal and fulfil his potential this summer
Phil Thompson has urged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave Arsenal in search of regular first-team football this summer.
The England midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team at The Emirates this season and has been limited to 16 starts in the Premier League for the Gunners.
Arsenal have endured a stuttering season and are facing an uphill struggle to rescue their campaign and finish in the top four.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been touted as possible transfer target for Liverpool in recent months and it remains to be see where his future lies.
And former Liverpool man Thompson has suggested that he should consider leaving The Emirates this summer, while also highlighting Anfield as a possible destination.
Thompson told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News HQ: “This is a boy who has been out of the side for I don’t know how many years.
“He’s never going to hold down a regular place there. Does he want to be like Theo Walcott?
“Just a bit-part player, hoping to a few games on the run because they’re playing three at the back. I doubt it.
“It’s been too long and he keeps on signing new contracts and we keep getting the same old, same old.”
He added: “I would (want him at Liverpool). “I’m saying, at Arsenal he’s been there a lot of years now and he’s not playing on a regular basis.
“That’s the problem, he’s not fitting. There’s a spot at Liverpool or at other top clubs, I’m not just saying Liverpool, this boy has the ability to play.
“He’s got pace, he has got the final ball and can adapt.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners take on Sunderland at The Emirates on Tuesday night looking to keep their top-four hopes alive.