Arsenal are apparently lining up Benfica winger, Goncalo Guedes, as a potential replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With the Ox having only 18 months left on his Arsenal contract, talk has already turned to whether he will stay at the club or not. Although Arsene Wenger claims he wants him to and he appears to be getting more game time (before he got injured against Manchester City, that is), a move to a lower league club could be beneficial for the 23-year-old.
“I want Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club,” Wenger said ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Goodison Park.
“I bought him at a very young age and I think he is developing well.
“This season he is making steps, he is moving forward and overall when you invest so much time and work and the player has as well [you want him to stay]. I think the player loves it here. He is integrated with the qualities we want him to have and overall I want him to stay.”
However, the only team that’s being linked with him currently is Manchester City.
As a result, reports are linking Arsenal with Benfica winger, Goncalo Guedes. They’re nothing new, considering the Gunners, as well as Manchester United, have been linked with the 20-year-old for months now. But hey, the Ox could be leaving so at least there’s a new angle there.
In the Portuguese league, Guedes has scored two goals and assisted three in 14 appearances. This is no better than the Ox, who’s scored two and assisted four in the English league, and has more experience.
Guedes, while promising, is not Arsenal first team material.
If the Ox isn’t good enough, why is this guy?