According to Simon Jones of the MailOnline, the midfielder is a "potential target" for the Hammers should Arsenal decide to cash in on him, with the Reds, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all said to be "monitoring developments" of the player’s situation.
While currently injured, given Arsenal’s surfeit of options in attacking midfield positions, Oxlade-Chamberlain has never established himself as a first-team regular at the Emirates Stadium. Jack Pitt-Brooke of the Independent recently reported that the Gunners will listen to offers this summer.
Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones has credited Liverpool with an interest in the player, although he suggests Oxlade-Chamberlain does not want to leave north London:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not interested in move away from #Arsenal, wants to sign new deal | @DeanJonesBR https://t.co/xdOxsbeXa93/8/2016, 11:11:19 AM
While the 22-year-old is extremely popular at the Emirates Stadium, for the sake of his own career, a transfer may be wise.
After all, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been at Arsenal for almost five years now, and while he’ll have learnt plenty from his time working under a manager like Arsene Wenger, he’s not quite at the level many anticipated he would be when he first burst on to the scene. Sporadic appearances in the first team will do little to set that right.
As Football365 noted, even when he’s been drafted into games off the bench lately, Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t been able to make a consistent impression:
The Ox has scored no goals and assisted just three in 51 games as a PL sub. What is the opposite of an ‘impact sub’? https://t.co/Nf4pX5QW0Z3/2/2016, 11:00:53 AM
The former Southampton man is no longer a raw prospect; he should be desperate to be playing week after week, becoming a key man for the team and getting better. At Arsenal, that’s a process that seems to have stalled; and for a club like Liverpool, who could definitely do with a direct presence on the flanks, Oxlade-Chamberlain could potentially be a savvy signing.
Christian Benteke to get Reds Reprieve
According to David Maddock and Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has been handed a lifeline by the club after his game-winning showing on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
The burly forward won and then converted a last-gasp penalty to help the Reds take three points. It was the high point in what has been a season of woe for the former Aston Villa man, with many doubting whether he possesses the attributes to play up top for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Benteke was given the option of leaving in January when there was firm interest from China in the Belgium international, with the Reds able to get their money back on a player who cost £32 [million] last summer,” it’s reported. “Yet he insisted he wasn’t interested, and instead vowed to fight for his place, despite only a handful of Premier League minutes since being axed in December.”
As we can see courtesy of the Match of the Day Twitter feed, Benteke’s goal at Selhurst Park on Sunday was a long time coming:
Match of the Day @BBCMOTD
Benteke ended a run of 715 minutes in all competitions without a goal for Liverpool #MOTD2 https://t.co/HXgTkrHRFT3/6/2016, 10:43:32 PM
While Klopp will be keen to see the forward succeed at Anfield, one brief appearance is unlikely to alleviate any doubts he possesses about the player. After all, for much of the season, Benteke has been an uninspiring presence up top, showing little of the dynamism and endeavour the German has preferred when picking centre-forwards throughout his managerial career.
Still, if Liverpool can get Benteke back to the levels he showcased at Aston Villa, they’ll have a formidable forward on their hands. This goal could be the boost the 25-year-old needs to ignite his career on Merseyside, but after such an underwhelming start, he’s got plenty to do before convincing the Anfield faithful.
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