Arsenal have reportedly yet to start contract talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite the fact Arsene Wenger suggested they had done last week.
The 23-year-old is enjoying one of his best seasons since moving to Arsenal in a move believed to be around £15m in 2011, as per BBC Sport, scoring six goals and providing six assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.
However, he has completed a full 90 minutes on just one occasion with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott also outshining him.
According to The Mirror, Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing frustrated at not being given a chance to secure a regular spot in the starting line-up and was surprised to hear Wenger claim that negotiations were underway when they have yet to start.
It’s suggested that the England international now faces a crunch few months which will determine whether or not he stays at Arsenal, as ultimately the two parties will need to come to an agreement not only on the financial details but also on his role moving forward.
Despite the fact that he has frustrated for several years by not reaching his potential, Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a popular figure with the Arsenal faithful and they will certainly be hoping that he stays at the Emirates.
However, with Sanchez, Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker to name but a few also on the club’s agenda over the next few months, it remains to be whether or not the former Southampton man gets a new deal and ends speculation over his future.
His form will certainly warrant the new contract as he is finally adding a bit of consistency to his game and has been a decisive figure in the final third. In turn, it remains to be seen whether or not Arsenal press ahead with talks sooner rather than later.