After Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia on Saturday, Arsene Wenger spoke of his conviction that Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay with the Gunners.
The most recent and reliable report concerning Liverpool’s interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain is from Sky Sports who indicate that the Englishman is “increasingly likely” to leave Arsenal this summer.
With a new contract with the North London club yet to be signed, it looks as though Chamberlain’s future does lie elsewhere and whether he’ll move this summer or next is up for debate.
Unless you’re Arsene Wenger. In that case, you’re adamant that your no.15 will stay at the club.
Wenger had this to say about Chamberlain not leaving this summer, “Yes. 100%, I expect him to stay. No matter the speculation, he will stay.”
If you’re someone who is desperate to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sign for Liverpool, don’t worry too much about what Wenger will have to say in press conferences.
He’s always going to speak diplomatically in public. What’s the alternative? Publicly condemn the player and confirm that Chamberlain is on his way out because he won’t sign a new deal? That would never be the case and certainly never with a manager like Wenger who is very good at working the press.
Wenger has been in the business long enough to know that he can’t reveal that Chamberlain is on his way out.
With most reports indicating that Chamberlain is unwilling to commit to Arsenal and looking for more game time and a new challenge, it’s likely that he will join Liverpool this summer with the prospect of Champions League football under Jürgen Klopp an exciting prospect.