Arsenal writer Charles Watts has explained why the club may look into signing former player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on loan this January.
Back in 2017, Liverpool signed the English midfielder from the Gunners for a reported fee in the region of £40m. While the move has brought Oxlade-Chamberlain some success – he has won both the Champions League and the Premier League at Anfield – he hasn’t had the best of times in recent seasons.
Talking on his YouTube channel, he started out by saying: “Personally, for me, I don’t think it’s one that Arsenal should really be looking at.
“Potentially, I can see why they would be looking into it in January, with [Mohamed] Elneny and [Thomas] Partey potentially leaving for what, a month or so, with the Africa Cup of Nations, there is potentially some opportunities there in midfield.
“So maybe that’s what they’re looking at – to potentially fill the gap when those two players leave.”
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What’s more, the current serious injury to Granit Xhaka leaves plenty of doubts in regard to that area of the pitch.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain played 198 games for the Gunners, but was predominantly used as a winger during his time. With his injury record also to consider, it’s not exactly as if this move is a clear no-brainer for the north London club.
It may be wise to share Watts’ scepticism regarding this possible move.