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.