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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was touted to be a future England star following his breakthrough into the Southampton first-team as a teenager in 2010 and following his move to Arsenal, he was expected to shine in the Premier League as well. The England international has of late struggled to nail down a regular place in the Gunners starting XI due to lack of form and fitness in recent seasons. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the winger, who has been touted to play more centrally as a midfielder in the future.
According to the Daily Mail, his lack of regular football at the Emirates Stadium has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs with the hope that they can tempt him into moving away in the summer with the promise of regular first-team football. West Ham United along with Chelsea are two of the clubs said to be interested, but the report claims that the midfielder is not keen on moving to another London club owing to his allegiance to Arsenal.
The 23-year-old Englishman is entering the final two-years of his contract with the club at the end of the current campaign and it is expected that there will be interest from a number of clubs for his signature if the Gunners decide to cash in on his services. Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, is keen on proving his fitness and breaking into the Arsenal starting XI, but if he has to move, the report claims that he will prefer to move to a club in the north of England or abroad.
According to The Times, Pep Guardiola, who is set to take over at Manchester City next summer, has identified the former Southampton star as one of the players he would like to add to the Etihad Stadium outfit's squad. The Bayern Munich manager is said o have been impressed with Oxlade-Chamberlain's performances against the Bavarian giants during their Champions League clash with Arsenal in 2014, when they drew 1-1 at the Allianz Arena.
A move to work under the former Barcelona coach with a guaranteed increase in wages could be tempting to the England international. It would not be the first time a player has moved from the Emirates to the Etihad Stadium, with Kolo Toure, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor already taken a similar route.