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Where and Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should go

Monday 28th August 2017
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly looking away from Arsenal and the Emirates for greener pastures. Not for money but to play the position he prefers.

Sky Sports has reported Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected a new, £180,000-a-week offer from Arsenal. The 23-year old is allegedly upset that Arsene Wenger now sees him as a right wingback, rather than a pure winger or central midfielder. With one year left on his contract, it looks as though the Englishman will either leave for a cut-rate price this summer or on a free next season. Either way, relations between the fans, club and player seem to be untenable. An exit is undoubtedly on the cards.
Here is why and where Oxlade-Chamberlain should go.

Why



Forgive me if I sound ungrateful, but is it really that big a deal to lose a player who hasn't had one good season at the club? Ox has proved as injury-prone as Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie in his time at the Emirates. Unfortunately, his growth has failed to match theirs, nor the heights Arsene Wenger first projected.

In 131 Premier League appearances, the England international has only scored nine goals. Yes, nine. Sorry, but how on earth does that return justify turning down a £180,000/week pay packet? He should feel blessed someone overvalues him so much.

It's time for Arsene Wenger to prove he's become the ruthless manager fans have been demanding. He's proved resilient over Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil's contract situations. Now he must rid himself of an overrated player who is trying to dictate tactics to him. No player is bigger than the club. Especially not an over-hyped prospect that's not had 1 good season in five attempts.

Where



Not if, but when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves, there are several clubs that would suit his skills. he would fit seamlessly at Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's high octane football matches Chamberlain's breakneck style. Liverpool pride themselves in fielding mazy dribblers who seek to destabilise and confuse opposing defences. Ox is Raheem Sterling with significantly more oomph.

The 23-year-old is also linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, although that wouldn't be in his best interests. Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 would only offer him a wing-back role, which he apparently doesn't want.

Borussia Dortmund confirmed Ousmane Dembele's departure for Barcelona. Presumably, they are now desperately scouring the market for an appropriate replacement. Oxlade-Chamberlain should be their preferred target. He's young, quick, skilled, and powerful. His poor scoring rate wouldn't be an issue. Dembele rarely bulged the twine himself.

No, the Ox's game dovetails with Bundesliga play. Under BvB's new manager, Peter Bosz, Chamberlain would also develop a tactical awareness he's not been taught at the Emirates. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

With only one year left on his contract and no progress or prospects for a new deal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be sold for just over £30 million, pocket change for Dortmund after its Barcelona business. Ironically, the Arsenal don't-wannabe would be both a steal and rip-off in the current market.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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