Arsene Wenger replies when asked if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay at Arsenal
The Arsenal manager is confident Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will remain at the north London club despite interest from Chelsea
Arsene Wenger is convinced that Arsenal will secure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-term future at the north London club.
The Gunners are facing the unwelcome prospect of the England international completing a controversial move to Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The Blues are looking to sign the versatile 24-year-old midfielder in a £25m deal as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his options at full-back and in midfield for the new season.
The former Southampton starlet has entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract after failing to agree terms with the FA Cup holders – so far.
Oxlade-Chamberlain started Arsenal’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield final at Wembley earlier this month.
The Gunners midfielder was also part of Wenger’s team that were thrilling 4-3 winners against Leicester City in their Premier League opener at The Emirates on Friday night.
The Arsenal manager is confident that Oxlade-Chamberlain will remain at the north London club despite interest from Chelsea.
Asked whether Oxlade-Chamberlain will be at Arsenal at end of the season, Wenger told a news conference on Wednesday: “Yes.
“Personally, because I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up.
“In the last year, he has made huge progress and personally I want him to stay here for a long time. I’m convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Arsenal in a £15m deal from Southampton in the 2010 summer transfer window.
The Gunners forward has scored 20 times in 195 appearances in the Premier League during his seven-year stay at the Emirates Stadium.