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Opinion: Struggling Arsenal international and Manchester United target would benefit from fresh start

Manchester United have entered the race for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports, and it’s a potential move which could benefit both the player and the Red Devils.

Bleacher Report—relaying information from an unnamed ‘insider’—have insisted that the Red Devils are considering a move for the England international.

While transfers between major English clubs tend to be rare, and while Arsene Wenger is regularly reticent to part with his under-performing players, this potential move could be exactly what Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to get his career back on track.

The midfielder, who moved to North London from Southampton in 2011, may only be 22, but already appears to have stuttered his way into trouble at the Emirates Stadium.

He has featured just 22 times in the league this season, of which only nine showings have been from the start. When he has featured, the England international has struggled to make an impact—scoring just one goal in what is proving to be a tricky campaign for the Gunners.

While United has hardly been a safe haven for big-money new signings in recent campaigns—the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all endured mixed fortunes since moving to Old Trafford—Oxlade-Chamberlain could surely do with a fresh start.

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The versatile star has appeared shorn of confidence at times this season, and has been in and out of the team under Arsene Wenger.

A new beginning, and the faith of a manger who spent money to make him part of their plans, would surely be a boost for the 22-year-old, who surely has his best football ahead of him and could be a viable long-term addition to a United midfield which—with Michael Carrick and Schweinsteiger both over 30—will surely need an overhaul before too long.

 

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