It may not just be the fact that Arsenal are willing to pay the England international star £125,000 a week to play for us, but it certainly will not have hindered the Gunners in our attempt to persuade Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to snub a reported transfer to Premier League rivals and sign a new contract that keeps him at Arsenal for years to come.
Metro is reporting that the contract will soon be sorted after the latest big money offer to the the 24-year old who is one of the Arsenal stars now in the final year of their current deals at the Emirates. This deal will be a double delight for Arsenal fans as it keeps a player who looks increasingly important and influential on the pitch, while also denying Antonio Conte one of the players thought to be at the top of his transfer wish list.
Perhaps just as important for the Ox is the fact that he now seems to be seen by Arsene Wenger as a key player and has started both of our matches in the new Premier League season. The manager even switched him and Bellerin to giver Chamberlain the chance to shine down his preferred right flank against Stoke and he was one of the few Arsenal players who came out of that defeat with any honour.
Now how much do we need to offer Alexis Sanchez to sign again?