Chelsea have reportedly agreed a fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT the 24-year-old should leave north London for the sake of his career.
England international Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the chance to extend his contract at the Emirates Stadium last week, rejecting a deal which would have seen him earn around £180,000 a week.
He has made it clear he wishes to leave Arsenal, six years after signing for the Gunners from Southampton for £15m, and Chelsea have jumped to the front of the queue with a bid of £35m reportedly accepted by Arsene Wenger and co.
And Pearce feels Oxlade-Chamberlain should jump at the chance to leave the Emirates so he can kickstart his career with a new challenge.
Comparing the 24-year-old to another player Arsenal signed from Southampton, Theo Walcott, Pearce feels Oxlade-Chamberlain has enough time on his side to benefit from a move away from north London – something which Walcott cannot do.
Neither of the pair have lived up to what was expected of them since signing for the Gunners, but Oxlade-Chamberlain may still be able to achieve something of note rather than following Walcott’s path of mediocrity. The latter has left it too late to revive his career, and Oxlade-Chamberlain must not make the same mistakes.
Speaking to Kick Off on Monday evening, Pearce said: “The expectation on both of them, for me, is under what I am expecting.
“I expect both of them to have a bigger impact at both club and international level.
“I’m not sure Theo would be any different, even if he changes clubs now, to what he is at the moment.
“I think that could be different for Oxlade-Chamberlain. I think he needs a new challenge now, and he’s of the age to embrace a new challenge.
“Whether this is the club for him, I don’t know…
“Time will tell – but he needs to move.”
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