Long-time Liverpool target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will reportedly snub the Merseyside club and choose to continue playing for Arsenal.
According to a report by The Mirror, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has decided to offer his services to Arsenal despite earlier rumours which suggested that he is on his way to join Liverpool this summer.
Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the midfielder for a while now but Arsenal have made it clear they want to retain him and are reported to have begun talks over a new deal with him which will be a figure north of £100,000-a-week.
Arsenal remain confident that Oxlade-Chamberlain will accept the offer and choose not to move to Liverpool or any other club for that matter.
The young midfielder has endured several changes in position for a good majority of last season. He took up roles in the central midfield area, played at wing back and also worked from his traditional right wing position.
However, he was phenomenal as a wing back and adapted to that position in the best way as it was evident to see. Growing frustration among the fans led to Arsene Wenger making an unusual change in his formation as he employed a three-man back line, and that system greatly benefited the former Southampton player.
In fact, Wenger’s decision to start him in Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph against Premier League champions Chelsea could prove that Chamberlain has cemented his position as integral part of the team.
Additionally, the 23-year-old has also received a call up for England’s June fixtures after his brilliance as a wing back, and staying at Arsenal would probably be a wise decision for Chamberlain.
The future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was becoming a concern for Wenger but now it looks like the Frenchman is headed in the right direction after signing a two-year contract extension.
However, the futures of Arsenal stars like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez still remain uncertain. Both players have demanded a higher pay scale, and Sanchez even went on to claim that he will leave Arsenal this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
With other clubs circling both stars in hopes for a move, it remains to be seen how Wenger tackles the situation and persuades them to stay back instead.