Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future is still undecided after more talks with Arsène Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, say reports.
The Standard report that Oxlade-Chamberlain held talks with the Arsenal bosses on Thursday, with deadline day fast approaching. They reportedly offered him improved wages, although the Standard are reporting that the offer wasn’t as high as the £180,000 some are claiming, but the new offer seems to have made no difference.
Ox has a year left on his current deal, hence the rushed nature of negotiations, as Arsenal may not be as willing to make a multi-million pound loss on him (compared to Alexis or Özil) if he won’t sign.
Wenger has made it very clear that he wants Chamberlain to stay, and intends to keep him, but if talks are reaching such a stalemate, as is being reported, then it might be time to consider Chelsea’s rumoured £35m offer for the English winger.
When he’s on the pitch, Alex adds a lot of energy to the team. He has the ability to take players on, and put in a couple of lovely crosses towards the end of last season against the Manchester clubs.
The problem is he still hasn’t hit 10 league goals for Arsenal, and for the number of good positions he gets into he should be higher up the assist tallies than he is. That’s before even getting into the way he can fall asleep and lose the ball, gifting teams counter-attacks and goals repeatedly, especially in Europe.
Still 24, Alex can iron out those issues, but if he’s going to do that I’d recommend getting his future sorted now, not letting it drag on until the fans turn on him.