Ian Wright reacts to reports Chelsea will sign 24-year-old attacker from Arsenal

The Arsenal legend has his say on reports Chelsea will sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the Gunners this summer

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has questioned why Arsenal have been unable to get the best out of Chelsea-bound Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions before the close of the summer transfer window on Thursday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has entered the final 12 months of his current Arsenal deal to throw up the possibility of the midfielder leaving for nothing next summer.

According to reports in England, Chelsea have agreed a £35m deal to sign the 24-year-old attacking midfielder as Antonio Conte looks to improve his squad options.

Liverpool are also being linked with the England star but the defending Premier League champions are favourites to get the transfer over the line.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was part of the Arsenal team that suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss to title rivals Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Former Arsenal striker Wright can’t understand why Wenger is unable to get top performances out of players such as Oxlade-Chamberlain despite their obvious quality.

“Chelsea want him. The champions will take him,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It obviously says we have good players. Why can’t we get the players to play for us?”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of their closest title rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in their last two Premier League games.

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