Arsenal must keep 'outstanding' Chamberlain.



Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an "outstanding" player and Arsenal must keep him, says former full-back Nigel Winterburn.

The Gunners' midfield ace has been linked with a number of Premier League rivals - Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, but Winterburn insists the England international is a key player in the north London side.

"I absolutely say he's a player that has made massive strides in the last season," Winterburn told Premier League Daily. "At wing-back, I would put him as Arsenal's outstanding player.

"From the end of last season through to the start of this season I rate him that highly. Is that a position that he wants to play regularly though? Does he want to play in centre midfield or a more advanced area in behind a main striker? Then it comes down to the amount of money that he's being offered, does he feel he's been offered less than some of the other players in the team but he feels as important as them?"

The Arsenal great added: "He's had a slight problem in that when he looks like he's going to establish himself into the team, he's picked up an injury, had several weeks out, come back in and picked up another injury. But from the end of last season his performances have been at a very high level. He's definitely a player Arsenal need to keep."

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