Ian Wright tells Chelsea 23-year-old can’t replace Nemanja Matic
Arsenal legend Ian Wright warns Chelsea that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn't a natural replacement for Nemanja Matic
Ian Wright has warned Chelsea that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t capable of filling the void left by Nemanja Matic.
The Premier League champions have been linked with a move to sign the England international from their bitter title rivals Arsenal this summer.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has entered the final 12 months of his current Arsenal contract to open up the possibility of the versatile midfielder leaving The Emirates for nothing in 2018.
The England star has failed to agree to a contract extension with the north London side, with Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly concerned about a lack of first-team football at the FA Cup holders.
Oxlade-Chamberlain would be capable of being used in a wing-back or advanced midfield role in the Chelsea team should Antonio Conte orchestrate a deal to sign the Arsenal star.
Chelsea are thought to be on the lookout to sign a player capable of replacing Matic after the Serbia international moved to Manchester United in a £40m deal last summer.
Former Arsenal striker Wright has warned the Premier League champions that Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t capable of filling Matic’s void in the Chelsea starting line-up.
“You wouldn’t put Oxlade-Chamberlain in a holding role [to replace Matic],” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday night.
Fact file: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
– Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started his professional career at Southampton where he scored 10 times in 43 appearances as a teenager to attract interest from Arsenal.
– The Gunners signed the then 18-year-old in a £12m deal with £3m in add-ons in 2010 as Oxlade-Chamberlain became the 150th player to represent the club in the Premier League.
– Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to cement his place in the Arsenal team over the past six seasons despite a return of 20 goals in 195 games in all competitions.
– The 23-year-old has netted six times in 27 appearances for the England national team.