Why Arsenal should cut their losses on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Has Oxlade-Chamberlain's time at the Emirates come to an end?

Speculation has mounted that Arsenal are ready to cut their losses and sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer - and it's about time they considered it.

When the Gunners spent £12 million on bringing him from Southampton in 2011, Arsene Wenger commented, as reported by the BBC: "We are looking forward to him fulfilling his huge potential with Arsenal."

Fast forward four-and-a-half years and the wait for this jet-heeled winger to deliver goes on. It could, and certainly should, have been this season.

When he dropped the shoulder to deceive Cesar Azpilicueta and drove an unstoppable effort, with his weaker foot, past Thibaut Courtois to deny Chelsea a Community Shield in August, it was meant to be the first of many moments of brilliance from him in the 2015-16 campaign.

And it should have been, but to this day it remains a mere reminder of his talent, the like of which Ross Barkley and Harry Kane - both 22, like Oxlade-Chamberlain - seem to offer on a weekly basis.

Injuries have hardly helped him, his development undoubtedly hindered by frequent and lengthy spells on the sidelines - 19 in four years to be specific, the latest of which looks set to rule him out for six weeks.

But even without injuries, there has been a lack of hunger to make the most of the countless chances that Wenger has given him. Two goals and one assist in 33 appearances this season - 17 of which were starting berths - should illustrate his apathy.

He might be nicknamed the Ox, but he certainly has not got the appetite of one. His fellow right winger Joel Campbell does.

Campbell, 23, signed for Arsenal 11 days after Oxlade-Chamberlain but this is his first full season with the North Londoners. He had to learn his trade via four loan spells, in three different countries, and he has looked like a player who appreciates being at an elite club as a result of his long and arduous journey to the big time.

His on-the-field attitude has exposed Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has bags of talent - arguably more than Campbell - but he lacks the all-important hunger needed to maximise his potential.

Seven goals in 100 Premier League appearances - it's not enough.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a busted flush rather than the royal one that he once looked - and it's time for Arsenal to fold. 

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