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.

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 1– Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

This game might have been the final straw for Arsenal fans still backing the manager, the team started horrendously but got slightly better in the second half with the emergence of Alexis Sanchez, but still nowhere near good enough against a weak Liverpool side.

 

Petr Cech – 5

Couldn’t do much about any of Liverpool’s three goals, however, made some decent saves. Still, the keeper hasn’t done anything to turn anyone’s heads.

 

Hector Bellerin – 4.5

The Spaniard played well going forward, however like most of Arsenal’s players he really lacked composure in the final third.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 5

Played okay, but then again we did concede three goals against a poor Liverpool team.

 

Laurent Koscielny – 5.5

Not the Koscielny we’re used to seeing, missed the header which led to the first goal.

 

Nacho Monreal – 5

We were really exposed down our left-hand side.

 

Francis Coquelin – 3

He really shouldn’t be starting anymore, the Frenchman has been really really poor of late.

 

Granit Xhaka – 4.5

He gets the attack going well, but both he and Coquelin left the defence far too exposed.

 

Alex Iwobi – 5

He shouldn’t be starting games (much like Coquelin), the player has bags of potential but needs to be taken out of the spotlight for a few games, especially when we have options like Perez on the bench.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Played well but looked very tired.

 

Danny Welbeck – 7

A great finish for the goal, which looked like it might be the start of a comeback! However, it materialised into nothing.

 

Olivier Giroud – 6

The Frenchman played okay, definitely didn’t do anything to warrant him a place in the starting line-up. Though he hardly got any service for the whole match, so couldn’t do much about it.

 

Substitutes

Alexis Sanchez – 6

Theo Walcott – 2

Lucas Perez – 5

Wenger – Klopp is a great manager

The Arsenal manager has described Jurgen Klopp as a “great manager”.

Arsenal face Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday evening, which will be the first meeting between the two managers.

The Frenchman says he prefers a different style of football to that of Klopp but feels Klopp’s approach deserves both praise and respect.

“I think he is a great manager but we have different styles,” he said. “You have to respect that and you can only be successful by [having] your own style and personality, and everybody has a different personality.

“But I think he has done very well in the job and he has an opportunity to integrate a big club. That is where people will assess that later.

“You have to play with your style and what you believe is strong. He is a great manager and he will do that.

“We know that Liverpool will be absolutely up for it, we will be up for it.

“It is down to us to be very strong in the challenges to make sure that doesn’t happen.”