Arsene Wenger has been accused of not valuing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Chamberlain looks on the verge of leaving the club after rejecting a contract worth £180,000 per week.
He’s been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea. Hence, it’s time get the opinions of everyone associated with either of those clubs.
Former Liverpool player and caretaker manager, Phil Thompson, has given his view, and believes that Chamberlain was never valued at Arsenal.
“This boy has got a lot to offer and I don’t think he’s been valued,” Thompson said, as reported by The Metro.
“I think he deserves a lot more. If he’s going to go, whether it’s Liverpool or whether it’s any of the top teams, Chelsea have been talked about, I can see him getting into a lot of those sides.”
Quite what Thompson means by ‘valued we’re not sure.
To offer a player £180,000 per week surely suggests that he’s valued at the club. Likewise, sticking with a player for six years despite him missing 154 games due to various injuries is the sort of loyalty only a valued player would receive.
Chamberlain is an exciting player but ultimately a flawed one.
There are things that Arsenal and Wenger could have done over the years to make the situation better, but the player himself must also be responsible.
If that means taking himself off to Liverpool or Chelsea, then so be it.
However, the idea that Arsenal might have failed Chamberlain should be nipped in the bud before it becomes accepted wisdom.