Manchester United are reportedly ready to join the chase for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer as speculation continues to link him with an exit from the Emirates.
The former Southampton star has been criticised in recent months as questions continue to be raised over whether or not he can live up to the expectations that came with him when he joined the Gunners.
Having failed to find the back of the net on a regular basis or create goals for his teammates, it has led to Oxlade-Chamberlain coming under scrutiny with many wondering if the time has come for him to move on.
With the likes of Alex Iwobi now also moving above him in the pecking order in north London, Arsene Wenger could be forced into considering a squad overhaul given their failures this season and that involves moving on some of his fringe stars.
According to ESPN FC, a source close to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s camp has suggested that United have asked to be kept informed of the player’s situation this summer.
The move would make sense as part of United’s continued push to develop young talent, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial playing crucial roles for the club this season.
However, whether or not this would be a sensible move for the Red Devils is up for debate given that Oxlade-Chamberlain could continue to be plagued with the same issues that he is currently suffering with at Arsenal.
With just two goals and two assists to his name in 33 appearances in all competitions so far this year, the England international has again failed to make the desired impact.
It continues the poor return since his arrival at the club in 2011, as he has failed to score more than two Premier League goals in a single season in those five years.
Despite the disappointment of the situation, perhaps it is the right move for all parties if Oxlade-Chamberlain secures a fresh start this summer.
However, there is also the aspect of regretting selling to a rival which could come back to haunt the Gunners, as the talent is evidently there and a move elsewhere could bring the best out of him.