Former Arsenal Star: Chamberlain Deserves More Playing Time Than Iwobi

Former Arsenal Star: Chamberlain Deserves More Playing Time Than Iwobi


By James Agberebi:

Former Arsenal and Scotland international Charlie Nicholas says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be ahead of Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi for a starting place in the London club.


Both Iwobi and Oxlade-Chamberlain were in action on Wednesday night as Arsenal capitulated 5-1 to Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg clash at the Allianz Arena.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to hold down a first-team spot and has started just 12 Premier League games this term – 16 across all competitions, while Iwobi has been a regular feature.

The England international has entered the final 18 months of his Arsenal contract and has previously admitted he would consider his future in the summer.

Nicholas, a League Cup winner with Arsenal in 1987 who was Arsenal Player of the year in 1984, believes Oxlade-Chamberlain's inability to dispace Iwobi means the England midfielder's time is up at Arsenal.

"I think it's time for him to move on," Nicholas told Sky Sports.

"He's got bundles of ability, pace and strength, although he could do with finishing a bit better.

"He should be playing more than [Alex] Iwobi and the fact that he isn't in ahead of him means I don't think he has a promising future at Arsenal."

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 for an initial £12million and has won two FA Cups during his six years at the club.