Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he is open to the idea of leaving the Emirates in search of regular first team football. He joined the Gunners from Southampton in 2011 and several injuries have hindered his progress at the club.
The England international's last injury setback forced him to drop from the national squad for the European championship in France. So far, he has made more appearances in the league from the bench (54) than from the starting XI (52).
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made six appearances for Arsene Wenger's side this season, which include three starts. Alex Iwobi has been deployed in the wide positions by the Frenchman ahead of the attacker.
The 23-year-old admitted that he loves being at Arsenal, but expressed his disappointment over lack of time on the pitch. Oxlade-Chamberlain even stressed that he would consider his future with his current employers after the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
"I would be lying to say it hasn't crossed my mind that I need more game time. As a footballer you want to play every game, and I'm not happy when I'm not playing, as is everyone on the bench," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports.
"There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I'm approaching it, when I do need to get more regular football but my focus is completely and utterly on playing for Arsenal and breaking into the team when I get the opportunity.
"I love being at Arsenal. It's a great club, a great team and I have a lot of faith in the team. I just want to keep focusing on that but there is that in my mind where I want to get more game time.
"There comes a time in your career sometimes when you have to re-evaluate and think, 'Is that going to be here or elsewhere'?" Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"I'm not there at the moment, I'm fully focused on this season and playing my part. When you get to the end of the season, just like when managers re-evaluate their team, players re-evaluate their personal situations as well. I will do that at the end of the season and see what is happening," he noted.