Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that the thought of leaving Arsenal to secure more playing time has crossed his mind.
Ox, who turned 23 years old earlier this season, has appeared in six of Arsenal’s eight Premier Leauge matches this season, but only three of those saw him included in the starting lineup, and he has yet to complete a full 90 minutes in any competition.
“I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t crossed my mind that I need more game time,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports show Goals on Sunday. “As a footballer, you want to play every game. Me being myself, I’m not happy when I’m not playing.
“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.”
The England international came through the Southampton youth ranks, but made just 43 appearances for the Saints in League One play before moving to Arsenal in 2011 for $14.5 million at 18 years of age. Ox has struggled with injuries over his career, but when healthy he’s largely been a fixture in Arsene Wenger‘s side. However, this season, with the form of Theo Walcott and the emergence of Alex Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen much of the game from the substitutes’ bench.
“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?'”