BBC journalist reveals how Wenger reacted when 24-year-old told him he wanted to leave Arsenal
Arsene Wenger was not at all happy when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it clear he wanted to leave Arsenal, says David Ornstein
Arsene Wenger “didn’t hold back” when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told him that he wanted to leave Arsenal at the end of the summer transfer window, according to David Ornstein.
The 24-year-old midfielder ended up signing for Liverpool on transfer deadline day last week after relentless speculation about his future at The Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had only 12 months left on his old contract at The Emirates and the player himself had made it clear that he was not going to sign a new deal.
Reporter Ornstein claims that Arsenal offered Oxlade-Chamberlain a new contract worth up to £180,000 a week but the midfielder snubbed the offer in favour of a transfer to Liverpool.
And the BBC journalist claims that Wenger as not at all happy after Oxlade-Chamberlain made his intention to leave Arsenal clear.
Ornstein wrote on Twitter: “Given Ozil generated little interest, Sanchez could only go if Arsenal got huge money plays a top quality replacement, and it was inconceivable to lose three key players on free transfers next summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain was always the most realistic sale.
“Nonetheless, Wenger genuinely wanted and tried to keep the trio.
“He was stunned and bitterly disappointed when Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected the club’s final offer (an enormous pay rise that would have earned him close to £180,000 per week if Arsenal had made it back into the Champions League) and I’m told Wenger did not hold back when Oxlade-Chamberlain told him face-to-face that he wanted to move.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home clash against Bournemouth at The Emirates as they look to get back to winning ways in the top flight.