Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT yesterday that in a choice between Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he would choose to have the latter as part of his side.
Wilkins was being quizzed over links from the Guardian, which suggest the Chelsea want the Ox as part of any deal which sees goalkeeper Petr Cech moving to the Emirates Stadium.
“I think it would be a good thing if he went as a little bit of the deal, no doubt about it – My own preference would be Oxlade-Chamberlain although I do think that Theo needs a move,” he said.
If Arsene Wenger is forced to part with either player as part of a deal, which sees Cech become a Gunner than it’s difficult to judge which player he’d be happy to see leave the club.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has lightning speed and is a very talented player who can play a variety of roles in midfield, including the ability to offer his manager an option through the middle of attack.
However, Walcott is arguably ahead of him in the pecking order as things stand having enjoyed a great end to last season, with a great performance in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
One of the main problems Arsene Wenger has as Arsenal manager is judging the right combination of midfielders and attackers to go with for the start of next season.
Alexis Sanchez can also play a wider role and Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have also been used on the left hand side in the past, regardless of the idea that it’s not their best position.
Something arguably has to give and it will be interesting to see how this pans out.