There is now competition for places in the team of Arsenal and this has left Arsene Wenger not just with a selection headache but he has to make sure that his fringe players are happy.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is obviously unhappy for being a fringe player and he has revealed that he’ll consider leaving the Emirates if he fails to break into the first team of Arsenal.
He has come-off the bench more than he has started games for his this season. However, he has attracted interest from West Ham and Southampton, and may be leaving Arsenal at the end of this season.
He said: “You want to play. I’d be lying if I’d say it hadn’t crossed my mind about needing more game time.
“I’m not happy when I’m not playing. There will come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching that, when I do need to be playing more regular football.
“There comes a time when you have to revaluate things and think whether that’s going to be here or elsewhere. I’m not there at the moment.
“Players revaluate their personal situation. And I will do that at the end of the season and see what’s happening.
“I’m at a stage where I definitely want to be playing and pushing him (Wenger) to play me.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain left St Mary’s in 2011 in a £12m deal and soon burst onto the scene for club and country.