Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly seeking first team assurances before signing a new deal with Arsenal.

The Ox has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, with rumours ramping up last week despite previous reports that he was about to sign a new deal with Arsenal.

Now, the Evening Standard claims that talks with the Gunners over a contract extension have begun, with the 23-year-old’s wages set to be increased to £100k-per-week.

However, the Ox is said to need assurances before putting pen to paper.

The England international wants to know he’ll get regular first team football, otherwise there’s a chance he could leave this summer, with both Liverpool and Manchester City apparently ready to bring him on board.

Considering how big a fan Arsene Wenger is of the midfielder, is unlikely that the club will refuse his request.

Last season, the Ox managed to stay fit and, as a result, got regular playing time. If he can continue to ward off the injuries, there’s no reason why the same wouldn’t be true going forward.