There has been acres of newsprint dedicated to the contract positions of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but hardly any on the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract is set to run out at the same time.
But today the Ox was asked about his future, in the light of a few rumours about a possible bid from Liverpool this summer, and he seems to confirm that he still sees his future at the Emirates. ‘My personal ambitions are always to play as well as I can and be as professional as I can for Arsenal and obviously stay in and around the England squad as well.” he said in the Metro.
‘That’s no easy feat, we’ve got a lot of good, young players coming through at the moment and competition for places is high, and with the World Cup coming up next year that’ll be in the back of everyone’s mind.
‘For me as an attacker it’s scoring and creating goals and helping the team to win, so I’ll just be focused on doing that as well as I can for my club.”
So does that mean he is staying with Arsenal? Arsene Wenger has already stated that he is determined to keep our British Core at the club, and said that the Ox leaving would cause ‘big damage’ to the team. ‘I like his mentality and he has a good football brain.” Wenger said. “It would be a big damage for us to lose this kind of player.’
So it would seem that the Ox agrees with Le Prof, so why hasn’t he already signed a new contract?