Could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also leave this summer?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

With both Ozil and Alexis surely on the way out, could Oxlade-Chamberlain also be leaving the Gunners this summer? The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool could be lining up to sign the Arsenal forward, with a deal of around £35m.

 

The Englishman is heading into his final 12 months on his contract along with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs. Although most of the talk has been about the German and Chilean’s contract, there hasn’t been mentioned about Chamberlain’s.

 

The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool is lining up to try and sign the player, hoping that the club will be convinced to sell if they offer around the £35m mark. However, Wenger has repeatedly spoken about the player and his hope that he’ll stay:

 

“I personally think it’s vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal,” he said.

 

“We bought him when he was very young and built him up. He has a great mentality and a good football brain and it would be big damage for us to lose this kind of player.”

 

This talk of the player leaving the club isn’t new, with stories coming out a few months ago that the player was angry that he hadn’t already been offered a new contract. Supposedly he would reject any new contract on offer no matter what wages were offered.

 

With lots of first team players going into their last 12 months on their contract, it is certainly looking to be an interesting Summer. It would be a shame to lose the forward given the time he’s been at the club and at his current age 23, he is surely going into the peak of his career.

Alexis Sanchez a target for Chelsea and other clubs

The West London club has made Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez their top target this summer according to a report from the Guardian.

 

Antonio Conte is in talks with Chelsea over a new contract which will take him beyond 2019. The report has stated that transfers have been discussed as part of the contract, with one of the players he wants to bring in being Alexis Sanchez.

 

The Chilean has been at the club for three years but has become disgruntled at the club’s lack of progress. With the club unable to compete for the league again and looking at a hard F.A Cup draw against Manchester City, it looks unlikely that the Gunners will see silverware this season.

 

The 28-year-olds contract expires in 15 months, and discussions have stalled as the player is asking for a pay rise to £250,000, but is currently on £130,000. However, this seems a realistic ask with there being a list of clubs lining up to try and sign the player, including Chelsea! The list includes Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan, all of which will be able to meet the player’s wage demands easily.

 

It’s hard to see Wenger selling Alexis to such a rival as Chelsea if he takes the club seriously as contenders in the Premier League. However, we said the same for Van Persie, Nasri and Adebayor, all of which were sold to domestic rivals and all of which went on to have success.

 

It’s hard to see how Arsenal will bring in anyone in the summer of the same calibre or better than Sanchez, the same can be said for Mesut Ozil. With the club not growing in stature, but more likely decreasing, and also becoming less able to compete on the financial front.

 

However, both of their contract negations and futures are unlikely to be certain till they know who will be managing them next season. This should happen this week or next, with Wenger saying earlier in the month that he will let us know what his future holds in the international break.

Thoughts on Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez situation

Wenger gave Arsenal fans a shock when he decided not to start Alexis in Arsenal’s Premier League game against Liverpool at the weekend, in which the Gunners lost 3-1.

 

Though, after the defeat, the manager was quick to defend his decision, stating it was a tactical decision more than anything – “The thinking was that we had to go more direct and I wanted to play two players who are strong in the air because we decided to go more direct. “The thinking was that we had to go more direct and I wanted to play two players who are strong in the air because we decided to go more direct.

 

However, reports from both the Guardian and Telegraph emerged yesterday that the player was actually dropped for the match as a punishment, due to the 28-year old storming out of a training session during the week. This was followed by an apparent bust-up with his teammates according to the Telegraph.

 

With the forward’s contract set to expire in 2018 and the rumours the player is trying to force a move away, this only adds more fuel to the fire. It doesn’t help that Alexis is in high demand with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus both wanting the player.

 

Now although the situation seems to be blown over the top it does make you think why Alexis decided to walk out of a training session. Was it due to his frustrations on the pitch, due to his teammates being of a much lesser standard or just a clash with the manager?

 

The Telegraph also reported after the match in the same article that if Ozil wasn’t ill, he would have been dropped as well. Which makes you think maybe this is an attitude problem from the big players or whether they are playing up as they don’t have long to go on their contracts and want to force a big move away from the club?

 

Arsenal fans have been craving a player with fight for so long and now that Alexis has come along it looks like he’s the sort of player that Wenger doesn’t want in the squad, someone who will question the manager’s decisions.

Arsenal achieve record spending on transfers and an increase in turnover

The latest financial records from Arsenal have been released, these show a record £110.5m spend on players and turnover increasing to £191.1, ending 30th November 2016.

 

The Gunners were definitely busy during the Summer with the club signing Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez for £38.25m, £34.85m and £17m respectively. Although these were all big money moves they have come under criticism from Arsenal fans and the media alike with Xhaka suffering discipline problems, Mustafi looking shaky at the back and Wenger not giving Perez a regular place in the first-team, despite impressing on every occasion.

 

Despite the Summer spending spree, the club reported a profit of £12.6m, compared to a loss of £6.2 for the year before. Arsenal also reported cash reserves of £100.5m, which the club always come under criticism for holding onto instead of spending.

 

With speculation continuing over Wenger’s future at the club, after the embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich, it looks like the next manager at the helm will not be short on cash.

 

Looking at the accounts it looks like next season the transfer budget will be set around the £80m mark. However, Wenger has previously included the wages of the new transfers in this. Whether this is an instruction from the board or not is yet to be seen.

Howe would love to sign Jack Wilshere

The Bournemouth manager has said that he’d love to sign Jack Wilshere and make him a permanent part of his team. The English midfielder’s loan expires at the end of the season and Howe has admitted that he hasn’t had any talks with Arsenal about the player.

With Jack able to get guaranteed game time at the Cherry’s and not at Arsenal, it’s yet to see whether the thought of a move could turn his head. The player moved to the South Coast club at the start of this season and has managed to make 21 appearances for the club in total.

“We would love that to happen,” Howe said of a potential deal to sign Wilshere.

“I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer and as a person and how he’s come into the team and what he’s delivered for us.

He added: “There’s been no discussion with Arsenal. As I see it Jack is on loan for the season, then we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it.

“I think Jack views this as his home at the moment until the end of the season. His heart has been here since the day he walked in the door, there have been no problems there, but it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and to see where he goes next.

“We’ve improved a lot of the aspects of our game because of him. It’s always down to the team but he’s fitted into the team very well.

“He is producing more match defining moments for me, the pass for Josh King at Everton was sublime, and I think there are more moments like that to come.”

However yesterday Wenger confirmed that he wants to keep the player at the club in the long term and that his move to Bournemouth was only a short term solution to the players need for game time:

“No, no [discussions have taken place about a permanent move].

“Yes [I expect him to return to the Emirates]. We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.”

It’s the view of the majority of Arsenal fans that they want the player to remain at the club, and they would much rather see struggling midfielder Aaron Ramsey make way for the player. Where he would fit in is another matter, with Cazorla being the main offensive player in the centre of the park.