Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he “100% expects” midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the Emirates Stadium for at least one more season, despite rumours of a £25m bid from Liverpool, reports The Sun. The England midfielder will be out of contract next summer and is reportedly keen to switch to Merseyside as manager Jurgen Klopp greatly admires him as a player.
Wenger, however, is not so sure. “100% expect him to stay, no matter what happens he will stay,” he said. Oxlade-Chamberlain was impressive for Arsenal last season. He made 29 Premier League appearances, scoring and creating nine goals, featuring at right wing-back, left wing-back, central midfield, left-wing and right-wing.
But the lack of starts in the top flight (16) is believed to have been a frustration. The 23-year-old ended the season out of the lineup and feels his chances of playing would be greater at Liverpool. Klopp has long liked the Arsenal man and is said to be keen on a £25m to sign him this summer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is 9/4 to join Liverpool, but he’s currently on a pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East with Arsenal. Wenger is happy to keep the midfielder for another season, with a view to offering improved terms, but the saga could rumble on until the summer transfer window closes.