Chelsea join race for versatile Arsenal midfielder

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

The 23-year-old was one of Arsenal's top performers during the closing weeks of the season, which saw them finish their Premier League campaign strongly and win the FA Cup.

Chelsea have thrown their name in the hat for unhappy Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain according to Sky sources this afternoon.

The England global scored twice and registered seven assists in 29 Premier League appearances last season.

The Gunners have a number of players entering the final year of their contracts, and Wenger admitted he's keen to tie them all down to new deals.

The Mail and the Mirror have both claimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is "increasingly frustrated" with a lack of progress in talks with the Gunners.

However, almost a month after the end of the season, formal talks are yet to commence. The 23-year-old midfielder, who can also play as a winger or a wing-back, is now on vacation and he feels that he needs to move away from Arsenal to get more first-team opportunities.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been a big admirer since his time in charge of Barcelona and could make a move, while Chelsea are also said to be in the hunt.

Oxlade-Chamberlain may not have performed consistently at the required level since his move to Arsenal years ago, but he can still be a vital player for the club.

The Telegraph report that Wenger has talked "frequently about the important need to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain", but that the £100,000 a week deal that was expected to be agreed after the end of the season has not surfaced.

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