Last night, one of Britain’s leading sports journalists Henry Winter of The Times broke the unexpected news that Pep Guardiola wants Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for next season. This caused much discussion on City Twitter last night, with many opposed to the move.
Having had time to reflect on the story, Anis has weighed up up the pros and cons of this potential signing to try and answer the question: Should City sign ‘The Ox’?
“Ask and you shall receive.” If those weren’t the first words that came out of Txiki Begiristain’s mouth in Amsterdam yesterday then we’re really not doing it right. If Pep wants then Pep should get. He won’t be around for long so we have to make sure everything is to his liking. An environment like at Bayern Munich where a constant, harmful power-struggle exists between staff and board will only horribly manifest itself onto the pitch.
At 22, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still figuratively a baby in footballing terms, particularly for one that has had his fair share of injury troubles. He hasn’t set the world alight at Arsenal but he’s quietly made that right-flank his these past few years.
Often a performer on the big stage, he is a brilliant carrier of the ball and could play the same sort of role Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman play for Bayern right now. The talent is certainly there, as are the physical attributes and burst of pace, so with just a little guidance, I think we could see a blossomed version of the young Ox that first broke onto the scene.NO
Many Arsenal fans have already thrown in the towel with Chamberlain and the last time I checked we set our targets higher than a half-baked title challenge every year. The Ox has been around for five years now and still looks like the same player. He rarely scores, he never assists and has a horrendous injury record.
Recent transfer policy where we target half-made players who won’t be challenging for first team spots haven’t bore any edible fruit. And let’s face it. Chamberlain is that sort of hybrid. Another Wilfried Bony, another Willy Caballero, another Fabian Delph. Here at City we don’t do squad supplementing transfers well so let’s stick however much we intend to spend on Chamberlain on top of a sum that can be used for an actual superstar who will be hitting the ground running.