Ox exit ruled out? Wenger praises versatile star

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with the exit door this summer, but Arsenal boss Wenger is keen to keep him at the club.

The former Southampton youth product enjoyed his best season of his career last term, flourishing in a number of roles, including a previously untried wing-back role and as a deep-lying midfielder.

Despite his impressive term, he still remains as a squad member, and not an integral first-team option, but has been selected to start in our last two competitive matches, the Community Shield and FA Cup final both at left wing-back.

Oxlade has entered the final 12 months of his contract, and has so far failed to agree terms on a new deal, while Chelsea and Liverpool are both believed to be monitoring his situation, with bids claimed to have been eyed by the pair.

Arsene Wenger is keen to keep a hold of the 23 year-old, and has praised his ability in an attempt to persuade him to stay put.

‘I think he’s had in his career some bad moments,’ said Wenger.

‘He’s had some small injuries but last year he was much more stable.

‘Personally I believe he is a hugely talented player who is on the way up. He will continue to move up because the potential is there.

‘Today he is conscious of his qualities. Personally I believe he will be a very great player.’

Chamberlain certainly showed he has all the attributes to succeed at the top level, and I sincerely hope we can give him enough regular football this season to convince him to stay with us in the long run.

Will the Ox sign a new deal? Is his best position as a CM, WB or AM? Would he suit Liverpool or Chelsea?

Pat J

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  1. He wants to play centrally, maybe give him ozils role this weekend . Play sead and bellerin in the wing back roles and lac and giroud up top. Worth a shot with mesut out

  2. 14 assists
    9 goals
    129 appearances
    Please Mr Wenger sell to Chelsea or Liverpool and take the money and run. Seriously over rated. At 24 you are no longer a prospect or young player.

    Just to compare … mane
    19 assists
    34 goals
    94 appearances

    Ross Barkley
    18 assists
    21 goals
    150 appearances

    Ox just does not match up. Even to players that we consider good and not exceptional like ozil or Sanchez. The stats are fact. Football is about goals. No one cares of you dribble like ronaldinho unless there is a goal on the end. Accept for arsenal fans we find it acceptable to dribble and have pace and power and no end product apparently

    1. Not a real fair comparison. While Mane and Barkley played all these gaes in one position, Chamberlain got shifted a lot across the pitch. I don’t even remember for him to start the next game in the same position as the previous one.
      You are right in comparing them though, all three of them suck at defending. Really bad.

      1. I think Alex also is more injury prone compared to the 2 players but I will in no uncertain terms say that he has failed to fulfill his potential – however I would not sell him unless we find a top quality replacement.

        Only way to sell will be to get Lemar to replace him and do a swap deal with Chelsea for Kante. Highly unlikely but worth a shot

      2. @budd you have a fair point that Alex does not play in the same position every game. But look at players like Steven Gerard. Back in his prime he would play all over the pitch. Also James Milner. I don’t think he has a real position because he is a bit average at all of them. His biggest problem is lack of goals, creation or scoring he is just poor. I think his best position is RWB as he can get the ball up the pitch from deep using his dribbling. But that’s all he should not be anything other than a utility player and Wenger should work on replacing him. I hope Lemar is a upgrade. I just cannot justify him starting ahed of any or our current squad apart from hector in RWB. But hector is still very young and more than has the ability to surpass ox and when in form is actually miles better than an in form ox.

  3. huge news guys. My source says that there are murmurs of the Lemar deal being done and sorted out after the meeting this week. Apparently meeting went very well and everyone is very secretive which is a good thing! They are just murmurs so no confirmation here. But Very good and positive news! Seems like Lemar may finally officially be on his way to the arsenal!!!

    1. Didn’t robbie say that?? AFTV said there over in Monaco trying to sort it out a couple of days ago so I take it no one knows what’s next! Either we ain’t getting him or we are waiting to sell players b4 making the deal either way no one has any latest news since robbies exclusive story I take it

      1. Nzonzi has handed in a transfer request!! Let’s see if wenger is really at arsenal to win the title and goes out and buys nzonzi bcoz he is exactly what we need! If wenger doesn’t even try and get him then we know we’re we stand with wenger and arsenal football club coz I don’t want another Kante situation when there’s no excuses this time

  4. The transfer window is getting frustrating now:

    Started with 2 shrewd buys who will definitely bring quality. Biggest positive is keeping Sanchez, & Giroud. If we could get Lemar over the line which I am hopeful of and add a quality defensive mid fielder (which i am not hopeful) we can have a great season – fingers crossed.

    1. Lemar plays in the same position of Alexis,so no improvement for the team.
      In the middle we need reinforcement.For the 3 positions we have 6players(Coquelin,Xhaka,Iwobi,Ramsey,Elneny and Ozil); but at the moment as normal we have 3 of them injured;so one more out and we finish and still no one game played.

  5. Get him swapped with Diego Costa. I do like his style of play , that’s what we have been losing for a long time. He is a tough guy like a fighting dog.

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