When Arsenal fans were forced to accept after last season’s disappointing Premier League campaign, which saw us miss out on the Champions League for the first time in many years, that the long serving manager Arsene Wenger would not be replaced as many of us hoped, it was with the proviso that things would change.
So it has been good to see the Frenchman so far be resolute in his determination not to sell players to rival Premier League clubs, especially our star striker Alexis Sanchez who has been linked with both Chelsea and Man City. Even though the Chilean will most likely leave us for nothing next summer most Arsenal fans are glad that Wenger will keep him at the club this season as he could be a key part of our challenge for the EPL title.
I do not think we can say the same thing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, despite the boss saying a lot of good things about the dynamic England international and despite the fact that he seems to have found a new lease of life as a wing back in Wenger’s new three at the back formation.
So with the Daily Star reporting that Chelsea have raised their transfer bid for the Oz from £25 million to £35 million and considering that he also has just a year of his current contract left, can Arsenal really afford to dig our heels in on this one?
We do, after all, have Hector Bellerin on the right and the new signing Sead Kolasinac on the left, so is it time for Arsenal to sell Chamberlain, even if it is to a Premier League rival?