If you by the way the Arsenal transfer rumours have been progressing during the summer then it looks like our London rivals and the current Premier League title holders are set to step up their attempts to sign our England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is one of a number of Gunners that have enetered the final year of their current Arsenal contracts.
There have been a fair few reports about the Ox being ready to go because of his lack of first team game time in recent years and the idea that Arsene Wenger does not have as much faith in the player’s ability as he would like, so how does the Frenchman go about convincing the 23-year old that staying put and snubbing the chance to join Chelsea is his best bet?
Well, promising him a proper season of regular games would be a start but with Metro reporting that Antonio Conte’s idea is to make Chamberlain into a world class wing back I think the answer for Wenger is the same.
Luckily enough we have already turned to the three at the back formation and the Ox was one of the main beneficiaries, so surely the boss must now assure him that the place is his for the taking. The problem Wenger has, though, is the strong competition from Hector Bellerin and now young Reiss Nelson.
So can Wenger really convince his dynamic star that he will be a key player in the Arsenal first team this season or will the lure of playing under Conte for Chelsea prove too strong?