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Arsenal make £9.4m-a-year offer to 24-year-old midfielder

By on August 25, 2017

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According to a stunning report in the Telegraph, Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a HUGE contract worth £9.36m-a-year to try and prevent him joining Chelsea.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the final year of his current deal and we’ve been unable to agree terms over an extension despite holding lengthy talks with his representatives.

The midfielder has reportedly told Arsene Wenger that he will not sign a new contract with Arsenal which has led to speculation linking him with some of our Premier League rivals.

Chelsea appear to be the front-runners as the Telegraph claim the Blues have launched a £35m bid to try and persuade Arsenal to cash-in on The Ox before next week’s transfer deadline.

Arsenal have now responded by making the former Southampton youngster a crazy offer as the Telegraph claim we put forward a contract worth £180,000-a-week – which equates to around £9.4m-a-year – during talks on Thursday.

However, despite this obscene offer, the newspaper says Arsenal feel Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to reject it and hold out for his move to Chelsea – either this summer or in 12 months time.

Arsenal now face having to decide whether to sell now and take the £35m or hold the player to his final year and watch him move to Chelsea for nothing next summer.

Wenger made a public plea to the midfielder at his press conference yesterday after telling Oxlade-Chamberlain he has a responsibility to repay the club for nurturing him from a young age.

The boss is quoted as saying by the Telegraph:

“I want him to stay and be one of the big players of the future of this club. He is one of the players this team has to be built around. I want him to commit to the club and to be one of the carrier of the values of our team.

“I think we invested a lot of time, confidence and money on players like Alex, who we bought at a young age. For me, they have a responsibility for the future of this club because Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be one of the big English players in the coming years. I personally am highly determined to keep him here.”

However, it seems Wenger’s call for Oxlade-Chamberlain to commit his future to the club will fall on deaf ears and I think it’s about time we just cut our loses and sold.

There is no way The Ox is worth anywhere near £180,000-a-week and no matter how much Wenger tries to shoehorn him in to his starting eleven, he’s not a first team regular so I would take Chelsea’s £35m and reinvest it in a player that will improve our starting eleven.

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3 Comments

  1. Essien

    August 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hmmm… Oxlade Chamberlain not good enough for starting 11? Have you seen the stats? He has been arsenals most consistent outfield player since the turn of the year, especially after that formation shift. Since he became a wing back he just matured into a beast for us. I think you are just bitter and angry. I understand though. I think we all are

  2. Omar Khadine

    August 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

    We all know the horrendous mess AFC is in presently is mainly due to the mismanagement of affairs by the management team and the buck has to stop with Wenger.

    Having husbanded AFC from Highbury to the Emirates and keeping the club in the champions league for 20 years and collecting 7 FA Cups …Yes 7 times which is more than 50% of FA Cups (13) in the whole of AFC’s history Wenger single handedly (Barclays Bank insisted that Wenger remained the manager with direct control of the ‘balance sheet’ when they funded the ‘loan’ to build The Emirates’ and do so until the loan was paid off Now Wenger has achieved that task and AFC is in a very healthy financial position.

    The very same Wenger who has been a father figure to the young players in the Academy and all others and sundry within AFC. Yes Wenger sold at least 6 of the best players during the time when he had to balance the books regards the ‘loan agreement’ but Wenger yet kept the team within the top 4 of the EPL and thus in the Champions League. No other club has ever achieved that period.

    Yes the single minded, some say bloody minded, Wenger had made many a faus pas, but he is human on the recruitment side, like the incident with Suarez, Angolo Kante and even Kyllan Mbappe whom he could have had for next to nothing 2 years ago and now with the ‘leaky defence’ whenn he should sign sign Koulibali or Van Dijk. It is his vacillations and procrastinations that drive the fans mad. It is that frustration and anger justified but idiotic which was so publicly and continually expressed which eventually culminated in Arsenal finishing outside the Champions League in 21 years.

    Now we have some of the players who are in their last year of the contracts also frustrated in Wenger not having signed the players to enhance the weakest areas like ‘the defence’ and a top end striker who are threatening to leave the AFC The striker he has now in Lacazette.

    Wenger is now like a Father who is pleading with his Children not to abandon him in his fragile old age but to give him one last chance, just one more season to get it right. These players have a duty so to do. AFCord this old man Wenger who has cultivated them and stood by them through thick and thin and absorbed all that the his own family of fans and others threw at him but yet stood firm and never threw in the towel. I say these players have a huge duty of responsibility Not to Kick their Father when he is down and need his Family to support him.They have every thing to gain and Nothing to lose by signing new contracts.If Wenger does not sign the necessary players within the next 7 days and AFC do not challenge for the top of the EPL, they can still leave next Summer even having signed new contracts. But signing New Contracts will only bring together the family and create the ambiance at home and on the field that leads to success!

    The fans have a massive responsibility not shoot itself in the foot and to give a wholesome and united welcome to Wenger and fully embrace him in the hearth of the family. He who has been a Father figure to all and sundry at AFC and continue to be in spite of all the vehement vitriol , abrasive language and ridicule that he had so publicly to absorb and endure all last season. You the fans must unite and support him in what could well be his last hurrah !

    Omar Khadine.

  3. kusemererwa bosco

    August 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

    arsenal fc still have time to improve on its current squad despite of other players threatening to leave. If I were wanger I would sell off those players and new ones who can be committed to the team before the transfer market ends.

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