Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He May Quit Arsenal for Regular Playing Time

Published on: 15 October 2016

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he may leave Arsenal as the England winger has grown frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities under Arsene Wenger.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, has not played over 30 games in a season for the Gunners since joining from Southampton in 2011, and has only completed 90 minutes once so far in the current campaign (during an EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest).

Speaking on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday, he admitted the idea of leaving the Emirates has crossed his mind on occasion and thinks he will have a decision to make if his situation does not change between now and the end of the season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: I'll consider my Arsenal future at the end of the season -

Jack Wilshere joined Bournemouth on loan this season after realising his place in the first-team was precarious at best and Oxlade-Chamberlain may follow a similar path.

"I'd be lying if I wasn't going to sit here and say that it has crossed my mind that I need more game time. As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I'm not happy when I'm not playing," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I'm approaching that, when I do need to be getting more regular football, but my focus completely and utterly now is on playing for Arsenal and still trying to break into the team when I get the opportunity.

"Help out if I have to come off the bench, do what I did yesterday and come on and make a difference.

"My sole aim for now is to help Arsenal and keep pushing myself to play in this team, because you know, I love playing at Arsenal. It's a great club, it's a great team and I've got a lot of faith in the team.

"There is that in my mind that I do want to get more game time. There comes a time in your career where you have to re-evaluate things and think, 'Is that going to be here or elsewhere?'

"I'm not there at the moment, I'm fully focused on this season, playing my part in that. When you get to the end of the season, just like managers do where they re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situation, and I'll do that at the end of the season."