The most worrying Arsenal transfer rumour this morning is the news that Sky sources ‘understand’ that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told Arsene Wenger that he will not be signing a new contract, which will not please Le Prof who has previously said it would be a disaster for Arsenal if the Ox moved on, and also recently stated that the England international will 100% be at the Emirates next season.
The Sky report said: …. Sky Sports News understands the 23-year-old – also wanted by Liverpool and Manchester City – this week told Wenger he has no intention of signing the extension currently on offer.
Arsenal play Chelsea in a Beijing friendly on Saturday before flying back to England, and the Blues plan to open talks about a transfer within 48 hours of the Gunners’ Sunday return..
This is very worrying news for Arsene. He has also publicly stated that he will not sell to any of our Premier League rivals, and you can’t get a rival much bigger than Chelsea at the moment!
My thinking is that the only way Arsenal fans will not turn on the Boss if he allows him to go is if he demands that Chelsea return the favour by giving us one of their stars. Of course I am thinking about Nemanja Matic, who is already surplus to requirements at the Bridge after the arrival of Babayoko. He is a proven winner and a class defensive midfielder which is a position we could do with improving.
There is no way that Arsenal can afford to let Alexis Sanchez AND Oxlade-Chamberlain run down their contracts, so we may as well try and get something out of Chelsea in the deal.
What do you think?