Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has confessed that he needs to be playing more regularly at the North London club and has considered a move elsewhere in the past.
The England international is versatile to play in a number of different roles for Arsene Wenger’s men but is largely used as a substitute when everyone is fit for the Gunners.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on Euro 2016 over the summer and has been in and out of the Arsenal team again this season in the Premier League.
The former Southampton prodigy would walk into most teams in the English top flight and as such would surely be guaranteed more football if he looked to leave the Emirates Stadium.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he wants to play more often for Arsenal, has considered a move elsewhere in the past and will reassess his situation come the end of the current season.
“I would be lying to say it hasn’t crossed my mind that I need more game time,” the midfielder told Sky Sports.
“As a footballer you want to play every game, and I’m not happy when I’m not playing, as is everyone on the bench.
“There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching it, when I do need to get more regular football but my focus is completely and utterly on playing for Arsenal and breaking into the team when I get the opportunity.
“There comes a time in your career sometimes when you have to re-evaluate and think, ‘Is that going to be here or elsewhere?’
“I’m not there at the moment, I’m fully focused on this season and playing my part. When you get to the end of the season, just like when managers re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situations as well.
“I will do that at the end of the season and see what is happening.”
The 23-year-old has only started three of Arsenal’s eight Premier League games so far this season and was introduced as a substitute in the Gunners’ 3-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday.