Arsenal boss Wenger counting on Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay

The 23-year-old has just one year left on his contract and has been linked with Liverpool as well as the Blues.

It is understood that Arsenal have backed themselves into a corner due to Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract at the Emirates, which expires next summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has put an end to speculation surrounding the future of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England global has entered the final 12 months of his current Arsenal deal to prompt speculation about his long-term future.

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The Mail reports that Antonio Conte sees Oxlade-Chamberlain as a flawless fit for the wing-back system he deploys at Stamford Bridge and he could provide good competition to both Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses due to his ability to play on both flanks.

Arsene Wenger has insisted he wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay, but if Arsenal can agree a new contract with the player or not remains to be seen.

It looks like Chelsea have now stolen a march on the Merseysiders as the Daily Mail claim they've launched a £25m move to sign the versatile midfielder but Arsenal have already rebuffed their attempts and insist Oxlade-Chamberlain won't be sold this summer even if he doesn't sign an extension.

Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday, Wenger said: "I think in his career he had some bad moments because he had some small injuries". I personally think he's a hugely talented player and he's on the way up.

  • Regina Holmes