Arsenal could be set to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to West Ham United this summer, as the club begin to grow frustrated by the lack of progression being shown from the 22-year-old.
Struggling for form and fitness, Oxlade-Chamberlain has not developed as many will have hoped this season and he is now subject of interest from West Ham, who are willing to take the risk on a player whose potential appears to be so high.
The figure being touted in the press is £15million, a similar amount to what Arsenal paid for the midfielder when he joined from Southampton in 2011. Although he has played 100 senior games for the club since his move, he has never managed to hold down a regular starting spot in the side.
His most recent performance (vs. Barcelona at home) summed up his Arsenal career perfectly, missing a glorious chance in front of goal before picking up an injury.
The likes of Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell have shown more promise this season and pushed the Englishman further down the pecking order.
Injuries have not helped, but whilst the Gunners are prepared to remain patient for the likes of Jack Wilshere, there appears to be less willingness to wait from the club in the case of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Selling Chamberlain would be a ruthless decision and may help the club push on by signing a replacement of a higher calibre. With the emergence of Alex Iwobi and the likelihood of new summer signings, Chamberlain is unlikely to get the game time he needs to develop appropriate at The Emirates – it is best for both parties to move on.