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Arsenal star unhappy with boss Arsene Wenger – reports
According to a report in the Express newspaper, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unhappy with Arsene Wenger and is contemplating his position at the club.
The Ox started against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon and ended a 16 month goal drought after scoring during a 2-0 victory at the Vitality Stadium.
However, it was just his eighth Premier League start of the season and his 15th in all competitions, and the youngster rarely completes the full 90 minutes when he does feature in the starting eleven.
Injury has played it’s part but Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to find consistent form this season and he’s failed to establish himself in Wenger’s starting eleven, with Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott now ahead of him in the pecking order.
The 22-year-old has never publicly complained about his lack of action but the Express are carrying a report today that claim’s privately he’s unhappy with the boss about his bit-part role at Arsenal.
The paper says Oxlade-Chamberlain is concerned about how he fits in to Wenger’s long-term plans and is also worried he may end up missing out on a place in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
It’s difficult to know how much truth there is behind these reports but I personally don’t think The Ox has too much to complain about. He has bags of potential but just hasn’t progressed as everyone was expecting since he joined the club.
One league goal in 16 months is a terrible return for a supposed attacking player and he’s only chipped in with one assist during that time, so he’s not done enough when he has been given his opportunities.
I also think the big problem is know-body seems to know what his best position is yet. He usually plays on the wing but Arsene has regularly suggested his long-term future will be as a central midfielder.
I’m a big fan of The Ox and think he has the potential to be a vital player for us but right now, he doesn’t deserve to be a guaranteed first team regular.