Arsenal Transfer News: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Go on Loan?

H AndelAnalyst IIIJanuary 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) of Arsenal holds off the challenge of Mika Vayrynen (L) and Aidan White (R) of Leeds United during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal's exciting young winger may be set to go on loan this January according to Daily Mail.

Here's how Daily Mail reports it:

The hot prospect has not had many Premier League opportunities at the Emirates and would appreciate the chance to impress England manager Fabio Capello with more regular appearances.

He moved to Arsenal in the summer but has only played once in the league, as a substitute in the morale sapping 8-2 defeat at Manchester United in August.

Yours Truly thinks this is all manufactured by Daily Mail, given the way the report begins:

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could move out on loan in January to gain valuable experience before Euro 2012.

The paper cites no evidence for the report, we may therefore dismiss it as mere fodder for the transfer mill. So why is YT reporting it?

First, if it's true that there's no smoke without fire, then YT confesses that he does not see the wisdom in sending the lad on loan, given the fact that Arsenal are losing two strikers this January and early February to the Africa Cup of Nations—Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh. Moreover, AOC gives a good account of himself whenever he's given the opportunity to play.

Why handicap Arsenal further by sending away one of its most exciting prospects?

Second, it's a bad idea because AOC appears to be the only natural cover for Theo Walcott, which means he's the best option for when Walcott needs to be rested, or—heaven forbid—if Walcott were to sustain an injury.

Since Andre Arshavin may be the main left winger available for January, it means he can't be the usual substitute for Walcott. This then leaves AOC as the most viable substitution option for both flanks.

Third, AOC always looks dangerous going forward, and if given more playing time he could be a good source of goals for Arsenal, so why take that option away?

Fourth, if Arsene Wenger declared 2012 as the year of the Ox, how does sending him on loan fulfill that? True, a loan option is sure to give AOC more playing time, but he could also get more playing time at Arsenal this season instead of waiting for the next given the need that Arsenal have.

YT would like to hear what you think.

Meanwhile, here are his reflections on Henry's loan.

If you need a little bit of match analysis, read his review of the United-City match here.