LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal looks dejected after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

5 Reasons Why Arsenal Should Take the Risk & Sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain This Summer

With Mesut Ozil seemingly certain to stay at Arsenal this season, and Alexis Sanchez's move away from the club appearing less likely for the time being, attention has turned to the situation of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


With less than twelve months left on his contract, Arsenal have to choose between selling him this summer or risking him leaving for free next year.


Chelsea and Liverpool both look interested in the midfielder, and while Arsenal may be unwilling to sell him to a direct rival it may be their only chance of receiving a substantial fee for the player.


The Ox has not fulfilled his potential at Arsenal in his time at the club, and here are five reasons why Arsenal should reluctantly part ways with Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.

1. Reiss Nelson

It has been said that Oxlade-Chamberlain has to stay, as he's the only cover Arsenal have for Hector Bellerin at right wing-back.


Reiss Nelson's stunning pre-season would suggest otherwise, with the 17-year-old impressing both at wing-back and in more attacking positions. Oxlade-Chamberlain's exit would allow room for Nelson to further develop this season.


While it would be unwise to put too much pressure on Nelson at such a young age, he appears to have both the ability and the temperament to suggest he could cover any void left by the Ox.

2. Lack of End Product

While it's lovely to watch Oxlade-Chamberlain smash a ball twenty yards past a defender and beat his man for pace, it's less lovely to then watch him mess up a cross.


His end product has always been a concern, but it was hoped that with time and increased experience Oxlade-Chamberlain would be able to add this to pace and power he obviously possesses.


Like many of his teammates, the 23-year-old has not fulfilled this potential and his questionable decision making means Arsenal can afford to sell this summer.

3. Hector Bellerin & Sead Kolasinac Must Start at Wing-Back

Playing Oxlade-Chamberlain at wing-back means that one of Bellerin and Kolasinac have to miss out, despite them being the two best options


Kolasinac showed what he has to offer going forward even from centre-back against Leicester so he must be given the chance at left wing-back, while Bellerin deserves to start having resisted the temptation of Barcelona.


Oxlade-Chamberlain has not nailed down any one position in the Arsenal side, and his inclusion at wing-back is not to the benefit of the team.

4. Wenger Doesn't Want to Play Him in Midfield

Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his desire to play in the centre of midfield, but it is abundantly clear that Wenger has no interest in doing so.


Not even in pre-season did he get a chance in midfield, with Joe Willock preferred to him, while Mohamed Elneny has been chosen at the start of the season.


Arsenal can't offer the former Southampton starlet what he wants, and it seems unlikely that another top Premier League club would play him in central midfield. If he demands this position, Arsenal have no choice but to sell.

5. Can't Risk Letting Him Leave for Free

Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract situation is certainly not the same as that of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez.


Whereas Arsenal can take the risk of both of them leaving for free next summer because of the huge benefit they bring to the team this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain is not as pivotal to the side's success.


The potential £35m Arsenal could get from selling this summer would trim an already bloated squad, and increase the chance of further reinforcements.