Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in a battle with Alex Iwobi for Arsenal's left wing spot.
Speaking live on the BBC's Match of the Day programme at 22:56 on December 10th, Arsenal legend Ian Wright shared a worrying concern about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's fitness, and questioned why he is continually replaced towards the end of games, even when he is playing well.
The 23-year-old has actually produced his best figures since making his £12 million move to the Emirates in the summer of 2011, and has already chalked up six goals and six assists in 21 appearances so far this term.
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi comes on as a substitute to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
But Wright, who scored 185 goals for Arsenal during a seven-year spell with the club, is concerned that there is an underlying issue with Oxlade-Chamberlain's fitness, when speaking on BBC's Match of the Day:
"He's somebody who I really do admire a lot. His chances just seem too few and far between for Arsenal. With the emergence of Iwobi, it just seems like he's not going to get that chance there. He has started the last three, but he's only finished 90 minutes once all season. He's always being taken off. Even when he plays well, he still gets taken off."
It does seem strange that a player with such an awesome physique and athletic ability is substituted on a regular basis.
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action
It could be that Arsene Wenger is merely easing the winger back in to full fitness, after he has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons.
But with rumours emanating today suggesting that Arsenal are considering a January bid for Julian Draxler (the Express), the Ox might find his playing time limited even further, should a move for the German come to fruition.