Posted on August 30, 2017 by ADMIN

Does Ox’s Liverpool move mean Arsenal have replacement lined-up?

Arsenal have accepted the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave the club this summer, and surely the versatile star will need replacing.

The former Southampton youth product has allowed his contract to run into its final 12 months, and seems to have made his decision clear that he would not be signing a new deal.

The Ox has started all four of our competitive outings since the start of the new campaign, whilst we have been forced to field a makeshift defence in behind him, and you would have to expect that additions will be brought in to cover any exits.

Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin will have to be considered our first-choice wing-backs from now on, leaving another CB needed to cover his move out wide, while Kieran Gibbs has also departed the club today to join West Bromwich Albion, further enhancing our need for a player to play wing-back also.

Chamberlain is yet to complete his move to Liverpool but was believed to have turned down a move to Chelsea as he seeked an Anfield move instead, and I can’t see terms or a medical being an issue. The deal is reported to be in the region of £40 Million, a similar fee which was mooted for Luis Suarez.

This will be the first piece of business between the two clubs since they fell out over the failed signing of Suarez back in 2013, only for the Reds to supposedly refuse to accept our offer, which was believed to have met the player’s release clause. Terms were supposedly already agreed over the move also, and a bitterness remained between the clubs.

Arsenal will now have 24 hours to try and bring in players to the squad, although Wenger could well opt to bring Mathieu Debuchy back into the playing squad, which would likely be a last resort…

How many players must Arsenal sign on deadline day? Which positions are most crucial tomorrow with Gibbs, the Ox and most likely Alexis also leaving the club?

Pat J

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54 thoughts on “Does Ox’s Liverpool move mean Arsenal have replacement lined-up?

  1. Bur

    No! Of course not, don’t be stupid. A replacement? Not on your nelly.

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    1. Muff d

      Ornstein just confirmed no replacement for ox
      And no money to spend
      It’s over lads

      Stan has ruined us for another season as has the hierarchy.
      I hope it kicks off . I hope ppl like my dad will finally wake up an see he’s taken for a mug

      Most of all I hope our club will be back again one day to eat at the grown ups table
      Until then pass me the cheese string were going to Serbia for europa………

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      1. Finding Dory

        Just because one “journalist” stated this doesn’t make it true. I suspect it is. But seriously, he’s only one guy and he could have been given “disinformation” for all we know to make it seem that AFC won’t be doing anything in orde to keep competition to a minimum.

        That said, it might be true. We will have to wait and see.

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        1. kev

          Ornstein is now confirming what I said hours back.We’re not replacing the Ox and Sanchez might just leave.We’re also not signing anyone.

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        2. Gonner954

          It’s true we have no money kroenke is trying to get a 1 billion dollar loan the biggest in sports history to fund his new stadium in NFL, he has to show his invest,nets make money so he can pay it back
          Kroenke wenger and gazodis have ruined us

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          1. Viera Lyn

            at this point it’s time for us to understand how we got to this desperate place because there appears to be some that still refuse to even accept that there is something really wrong with the club as it stands…it’s not a mirage conjured by easily excitable fans…we aren’t making this shit up as a means to kill time between our bi-weekly shock therapy sessions…if you don’t believe us just take a gander at the aggressive manner by which the vast majority of pundits, commentators and former players have verbally thrashed this club and it’s manager in recent times…of course they are trying to sell papers, draw larger tv audiences and/or get more followers(likes) by stirring the pot, so one must act prudentially by taking their words with a varying grain of salt…but the curious case of Wenger’s Arsenal is a little different

            this club, under his tutelage, has ruffled a lot of feathers over the years and now it’s coming home to roost…his arrogance has rubbed many the wrong way, but winning provided the perfect tonic to cure all ills …whether largely self-created or a byproduct of all the media attention, Wenger seemed to embrace his cult-like status, which would eventually be his downfall…he claimed that his club was different…more of an extended family than a footballing club and only those with what he deemed as “special” qualities could even hope to join such an exclusive club…these “qualities” were hailed by most, especially as the wins kept rolling in…but with exclusivity comes a certain amount of cockiness, which can be somewhat healthy in a highly competitive environment if it comes from a honest place…it wouldn’t take long for the fans to embrace their bespectacled former economics professor, going so far as to suggest he could do no wrong…but this fairy tale couldn’t last forever

            whether for the right or wrong reasons, our leader chose to stay on when things took a turn of sorts…a new owner arrived on the scene, plans for a new stadium emerged and Wenger became the bearer of bad news…he sold us on a new story, one that required patience on our parts…financial constraints were the order of the day, so that the enormous sums spent on the new venue could be recouped…although some would question the validity of such claims, why wouldn’t they believe their faithful leader…according to those within the hierarchy, the future never looked so bright, as this new home would ensure our place among the elites for years to come…as we all know now these claims were a well constructed fabrication and so those who feel they were duped in the process are infuriated and rightly so…the fact that this club and it’s manager have continually misled the fans, especially following Gazidis’s claims about our financial liquidity, simply rubbed more salt in an already gaping wound…this surely isn’t how you treat your “family”, especially when they supported you through the supposed “lean” years…it was a dirty trick played by Kroenke but the fact is was orchestrated by Wenger himself hurt the most…as for those in the media, many of whom are former players or longtime pundits, who observed the early years firsthand, saw this as the perfect opportunity to vent the anger they felt towards this pretentious man once and for all…all in all, karma’s a bitch

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    2. Nayr

      David Ornstein
      @bbcsport_david 2h
      Arsenal have no plans to replace AOC & no money for major signings, but only way Sanchez leaves is if #AFC get massive money & replacement

      there you have it.
      am confused,…where does all that money from sales go to

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    3. Kostafi

      And @arsenal heading for positive net spend despite breaking the transfer record in the same window. Benching Mustafi for Holding at the weekend to make an extra £4.6m from Inter Milan on a one year loan deal was the icing on the cake for me!

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    4. Quophi

      Krychowiak to Westbrom?… Jesse to stoke etc… Arsenal has lost the plot. Our squad is a mid table side. We might as well save the money till the dinosaur goes extinct in a couple of years

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  2. GoonerKev84

    He needs replacing but he won’t be. Wenger has made his annual summer window profits so job done that’s his 9 million a year earned. Now onto the rest of the season with a bang average squad and a bang average manager but I think I’m being too generous hes not that good 😆

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    1. BigStick

      We need to replace Bellerin, not Ox! Watch the last three matches and you’ll quickly realize he puts us in more danger then any other player we have. Errant passes in front of our six-yard box, foolish decision making and down right horrible defending. He was involved or directly responsible for four of our eight conceded goals so far this season! Losing the ball in the 57th minute to Salah so he could run unimpeded to score a goal – blame Hector. Mo Salah’s perfect cross to Sturridge in the 77th minute, you can thank Bellerin for that one too!

      If we had played Kolasinac instead of Bellerin I seriously doubt Liverpool would have beaten us as badly. And we might have even scored a goal to save face. But because Wenger was too busy pleasing players that either suck (Bellerin) or had already decided to leave the club (Oxlade) we fielded a totally unbalanced squad that was doomed to failure from the very start. We still have to cull at least six or seven players and either sign replacements or give guys like Nelson a shot. But Wenger is so fricking inept we’ll continue to suffer under his rule until the team totally implodes.

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        1. Gonner954

          I can see wenger saying that when he can’t sell him cos he’s trash

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  3. AngryGunner

    Arsenal buying a new player !!!!!!!!! Wenger would rather to use Kroenke’s son as Ox replacement than to buy a new player !

    #KroenkeOut

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  4. Lagos Gunner

    OX turned down 180k per week offer from Arsenal to go to Liverpool, who will pay him 125k per week.

    Money was definately not the issue here.

    With the amount of departures, the only way disaster will not happen at Arsenal football club is if the club buys 2-3 quality players in the next 24 hours.

    Time will tell.

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  5. dave

    No. The only reason Arsene was offered the new deal is there to make Kroenke $$$ and cash out a bonus. Of course, fans will hear excuses about how the time was too tight, or how we tried Lemar, or how the squad is too big… AW and the board go F*** yourselves.

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      1. Atid

        Reiss Nelson and bellerin. Kolasinac and Monreal with Niles able to.play both sides too, wing back is not our issue.
        If mustafi stays with Mertesacker, chambers holding and koscielny we do have enough Cbs too, but I would prefer a bit more quality. Especially as Mertesacker and Koscielny are injury prone.
        We are not winning the league that is for sure, especially with our centre midfield and in that I include ozil. Without alexis we are devoid, so will probably switch to 4231 again to cover the losses.
        Though I think I would go 3142 without ox and alexis, as it stands??

        Cech
        Mustafi Mertesacker Koscielny
        Coquelin
        Bellerin Ramsey Ozil Kolasinac
        Giroud Lacazette

        Ospina
        Chambers Holding Bielik
        Xhaka
        Nelson Elneny Cazorla Monreal
        Walcott Welbeck

        Rest of Squad
        Huddart, Debuchy Niles, Adelaide, Wilshire, iwobi. Perez, Campbell, Akpom

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        1. Atid

          Swap elneny and xhaka around. Cazorla into the first team when he is fit instead of ramsey

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  6. Nayr

    David Ornstein
    @bbcsport_david 2h
    Arsenal have no plans to replace AOC & no money for major signings, but only way Sanchez leaves is if #AFC get massive money & replacement

    there you have it.no more signings.

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  7. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back.

    Forking Jokes!… Am I surprised?… Hell No! I’m forking sick of it!

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  8. amb98

    David Ornstein has said we have no replacement lined up for Ox and no major signings are expected. This is a disgrace as we need at least 4/5 quality players. I really do hope we switch to a back 4 and give Reiss Nelson an extended run in the team, he may be the shining light in a season that seems to be pretty poor. Would rather give chances to youngsters with some fire in their belly like Nelson then persisting with people like Walcott who do nothing but pick up a fat pay cheque.

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    1. Average Joe

      When you see the likes of West Brom bringing in decent holding midfielders on loans while we do nothing, makes you wonder if we’d be better off with Tony Pulis in charge. He knows how to set teams up and can undo zips on tracksuit tops. He also doesn’t sit back relaxing while Rome burns.

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      1. Frank

        Tony Pulis would have been a better option than another 2 years of Wenger.

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      2. HA559

        West Brom will do well this season. Even that loan defender Hegazi seems to have gelled well. He did make one mistake which was miscommunication with goalie which led to their only goal conceded. I give West Brom a top 6-8 finish, might finish above Arsenal solely down to defence alone.

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    2. Gonna me

      FUNNY OLD WORLD. 10 MONTHS AGO WALCOTT WANTED TO PLAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE AND WENGER LET HIM SO HE UNBALANCED THE TEAM. HE WILL NOT GET HIS OWN WAY NOW AS HE IS NOT A REGULAR STARTER. THIS IS WHAT WENGER HAS DONE WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE OVER OVER AGAIN TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. JUST LIKE SUNDAY SORRY BUT THE OX SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED AS HE HAS TOLD THE CLUB TO SOD OFF. ARE THERE TO MANY WITH DUMMYS OUT IN THE DRESSING ROOM. LOKS LIKE A MEGA COCK UP AS WENGER HAS GIVEN TO MANY PLAYERS THERE OWN WAY.

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    3. iGooner

      We need more than 4/5 quality players, we need a new squad of quality players, a new manager, a new board of directors, a new owner, new backroom staff…

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  9. BigStick

    We need to sell Bellerin and get a replacement for him to be honest. He’s leaking goals like no other. With him playing as our right wingback we’re doomed. At one point I thought he had gotten over the hump and was going to become a world-class player but all of my illusions have been laid bare comcerning Hector. He just doesn’t have the stones or the intelligence to play top flight football, either that or Wenger somehow ruined him.

    As for Kolasonac (Kolassus), we just need to swing open his cage door and let him loose and he’ll do the rest. Do you guys remember the look on Riyad Mahrez’s face when Kolasinac was raping him? It was priceless and something I’ll not soon forget!

    We need defensive players more then anything, a deep lying playmaker that can defend and someone like Virgil Van Dijk. After those two postions are filled with could go after someone like Lemar. As for Mahrez, he’s someone we should have bought right from the very beginning of the window. It’s a crime that the board hasn’t fired Wenger for gross incompetence at this point. If he remains in charge we’ll come in 6th place, mark my words!

    And to think I defended that man. After Sunday’s rape, never again.

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  10. Waal2waal

    the same week he run out for afc against lfc and we get a drumming ox cant wait to jump to opposition’s team – (the behaviour of an ox or more that of a rat)

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    1. Waal2waal

      having managed 9 goals in all he’ll hardly be missed as his replacement we pick from our Under 23’s. Ox goals per game ratio can easily be bettered.

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    2. BigStick

      Oxlade has seen the writing on the wall. The team will never progress under Wenger. Sanchez and Ozil have been a constant source of turmoil and are asking for absurd money. Ox could have cashed in but did the respectable thing and joined a team that actually has fire in their bellies! If we clear out the troublemakers and bring in some fresh and hungry players we could still do well this season, even with Wenger, though he should be fired immediately. It’s up to the players to save the season now because Wenger hasn’t got a clue what to do.

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    3. Coldzero

      He is a rat! Did you see him play in that game? He was disgusting.

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      1. Gonner954

        It wasn’t oxs fault name a manager who would play someone that has rejected a contract during the week and said he wants to play

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    4. iGooner

      I read a report earlier stating that the OX is a long time Liverpool fan, and that his contract is £125.000 which is way off from what we were offering him. If this is true, can we really blame him? I think that he just had enough of Wenger’s lies, excuses, and lack of ambition just like us Arsenal fans.

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  11. Frank

    I’m just so disappointed. I knew this was going to happen when Wenger signed a new contract. We had a chance at a fresh start with a new manager.

    I blame the #WengerIn

    If all us fans stuck together, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

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  12. HA559

    F#?&er thought he saw toxic atmosphere at the Emirates last season, he ain’t seen s*#t yet.

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  13. Jebo mann

    Well… If Liverpool paid 40m… then we should give toffer Ramsey and Nacho in a’ buy one and get one free’ kind of deal to bidders. These two guys will ruin another arsenal season. look at what happened to the team when that Ramsey guy started games for us and the old boss is not willing to change him. Everybody should leave Xhaka and Ozil alone and start telling the Welsh and the Spaniard that they are our weaknesses.

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  14. Vlad

    We already have a replacement for Ox. His name is Reiss Nelson, and I guarantee you he’ll put more heart and effort into every single game than Ox ever did.

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  15. AB

    Dear fellow gooners, irrespective of transfers within this window, let’s not forget that the systemic problems still remain. Over the last 3 days all of us have said that we need a change in manager, ownership and board.
    Let’s make sure we don’t forget this if we get a bandaid again even if it is a strong one.
    The protests again wenger, owner and the board must happen loud and clear.

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  16. samuel@justarsenal.com

    But Walcott did something tangible last season for Arsenal with his 19 goals in all games, has he not? Has he even been started this season? And now that the Ox looks to be leaving and if he does, would Le Prof sometimes tries Walcott as right wingback in a 3-4-3 to see if it’ll jell? And keep playing Bellerin as left wingback? While Kolasinac starts ahead of Monreal as left centreback? We all know Walcott has mastered the 4-2-3-1 as a right winger. And of course, Nelson could first be tried in the League Cup as a wingback in a back three or right winger in a back four to see how far he can competively coped. But to gamble him in the Premier League should be after if Walcott cannot efficiently play as right wingback in a back three. Signing to replace the departed Gunners? Let’s wait and see what will happened. It could happen and it may not. But does Arsenal need to urgently replaced Sanchez if he leaves having already taken a proactive action by signing Lacazette? But as to replacing the Ox before this window shut, I think Arsenal should try to find a top quality midfielder far better than the Ox as replacement for him if they get one and fee is agreed. But they should not sign a squad player kind as replacement for him. We don’t want that.

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  17. samuel@justarsenal.com

    But Walcott did something tangible last season for Arsenal with his 19 goals in all games, has he not? Has he even been started this season? And now that the Ox looks to be leaving and if he does, would Le Prof sometimes try Walcott as right wingback in a 3-4-3 to see if it’ll jell? And keep playing Bellerin as left wingback? While Kolasinac starts ahead of Monreal as left centreback? We all know Walcott has mastered the 4-2-3-1 as a right winger. And of course, Nelson could first be tried in the League Cup as a wingback in a back three or right winger in a back four to see how far he can competively coped. But to gamble him in the Premier League should be after if Walcott cannot efficiently play as right wingback in a back three. Signing to replace the departed Gunners? Let’s wait and see what will happen. It could happen and it may not. But does Arsenal need to urgently replaced Sanchez if he leaves having already taken a proactive action by signing Lacazette? But as to replacing the Ox before this window shut, I think Arsenal should try to find a top quality midfielder far better than the Ox as replacement for him if they get one and fee is agreed. But they should not sign a squad player kind as replacement for him. We don’t want that.

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  18. Gonner954

    Apparently we have no money to spend despite making a 20mil profit this window and over 100 mill of cash reserves
    kroenke is trying to get a 1 billion dollar loan to fund his new NFL stadium no wonder he’s trying to show that his other assets can make money
    We’re not signing anyone for the rest of the window
    Gazidis is a pushover interested in making as much profit as possible and wenger lost it can’t keep up with all these younger managers

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    1. gmv8

      The only way forward is a change of owner, however we may have to drop to the bottom of the division or even below to make Kroenke realise that he is better off cashing in, and allow AFC to use their own money to regenerate. Cannot believe the old board did this to the club.

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  19. Ronny

    I suspect Wenger was so angry and hurt by even the ox downing tools against pool he was like whatever then sell him!
    There has been no forward thought or planning going into this window.
    We should have decided to sell both of them early season subject to replacements being found.
    If we also sell sanchez for 60m that’s almost 100m and even with lacazette and kolasinac our sqaud has weakened not strengthened.
    I don’t know if I can put myself through a season of watching us under wenget getting mauled each week where’s the fun in that.
    I wish wenget would step dowb tell all and we land the likes of viera as stand in manager or someone similar.
    We just need a different voice to make our players believe and work harder.

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  20. Ronny

    Must admit I didn’t see ox ad the type to believe his own hype. He’s getting better and found his niche position but Wenger had stuck with him and protected over the years when many of us berated.
    More fool Wenger I guess.
    Good business from ox you could say!!

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  21. gmv8

    It would seem that the rumours that Kroenke has told Wenger that there is no more money if he doesn’t sell Sanchez and he must sell players are true… I think if the money had been used for bolstering the squad, this would’ve quickly been forgotten, however it won’t placate the Arsenal fans using it for Kroenke collateral and it will linger now. I really feel like we are going to have to write off the season, and do all we can to get rid of Kroenke. Now this looks like Liverpool have the upper hand on us, having spent more than us, raiding us with impunity, resisting selling to us, and beating us 4-0. Thanks Kroenke!

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  22. satanK

    I’m afraid that we’re looking at a relegation battle. No Sanchez, no Ox and possibly no Mustafi means we’ll play a squad like this
    cech
    kos holding monreal
    bellerin xhaka ramsey kolasinac
    walcott laca welbz
    And we all know that our players get injured a lot. What replacements do we have for CB, for Bellerin and for Kolasinac?
    It’s going to be the most expensive relegation battle in the history of football.

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  23. GoonARisFedUpWithWengerandBoard

    Debuchy to “replace” is a no brainer looking at Wenger’s track record.

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