Arsene Wenger wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to extend his stay at Arsenal.
The 23-year-old has had a topsy-turvy time at Arsenal since joining from Southampton six years ago, with the England international being in and out of the side as well as being played in various positions.
Chamberlain has seen more regular first-team football this season and has also been given a decent run in the side as of late. Despite the Gunners’ recent poor form, the midfielder has impressed many with his displays in the centre midfield.
However, Chamberlain is one of nine players about to enter the final year of his contract this summer, and there is a worry that he could be on his way out of the Emirates in a bid to fulfil his potential.
But Wenger remains a keen admirer of the midfielder and wants him to stay at Arsenal, but it appears he will also consider the financial situation as well before making a decision:
“I think it’s vital Alex stays at Arsenal.
“It would be a big damage to us to lose this kind of player.
“We bought him from Southampton when he was young and built him up.
“He has a good football brain and I like his mentality.”
“We have a group of young British players and need to make decisions on Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs this summer and manage to keep them together.
“But we are in an inflationary market and have to consider the financial situation.
“So we can’t let players go into the final year of their deals. Things will get sorted out during the summer.”
Chamberlain can become a special player at Arsenal, he has the ability to do so. However, for me, Wenger has stunted his progression by not playing him regularly over the years.
Hopefully ‘The Ox’ does sign a new deal to remain at Arsenal and get more opportunities in the side, but I for one wouldn’t begrudge him if he decides to join another club this summer.