- New Arsenal deal stalls for Oxlade-Chamberlain over wage demands - Chelsea will pay14:47 | 16/08/2017
Although Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have dominated all the headlines for Arsenal fans this summer as they enter the final year of their contracts, they’re not the only players on the home straight at the Emirates Stadium.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also entered the dangerous territory of the final year of his contract and given his development over the past year, there will be no shortage of suitors for the England international.
Still only 24-years-old, the Ox developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players last season once boss Arsene Wenger switched to the 3-4-3 formation and he thrived as a wing-back.
It is believed that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have held a firm interest in the former Southampton man, but they have yet to convert that interest into a bid.
Why Arsenal would let several of their stars enter the final year of their deals is anybody’s guess, but according to Goal, the reason they are yet to re-sign Oxlade-Chamberlain is simply a question of money.
The Ox wants to jump from £65,000-a-week up to £150,000-a-week if he is to sign a new deal and Arsenal are hesitant to match his demands.
Chelsea are monitoring the situation and are believed to be willing to pay £35 million to secure him from their London rivals.
Those wages are probably the going rate for a player of the Ox’s calibre and furthermore, they would still be under half of what Sanchez is requesting.
Earlier this summer, Wenger made it clear he believed that Oxlade-Chamberlain would remain with the club.
“Yes. 100 per cent, I expect him to stay. No matter the speculation, he will stay.
“I am surprised by that [reports] because I believe he has developed well and played well when given his chance,” the Frenchman said.
“When you are somewhere you have to want to be there first. After that I say I rate him highly and I think I showed that by staying behind him when he was injured.
“I personally wish he stays – I think he is a very promising player who has developed well and who looks also to have the values we rate.”
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