By Will Butcher
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future at Arsenal has been plunged into fresh doubt as manager Arsene Wenger stalls on offering him a contract, according to a report.
The 23-year-old is into the penultimate year of his contract at the Emirates and the Gunners were open to offers for their versatile attacker during the summer.
The Independent have claimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain did not want to leave and interested clubs were advised that he had little desire to leave one of the Premier League’s elite outfits.
It is said that Wenger making him wait on a new deal at the Emirates, despite starting four of the Gunners’ five competitive fixtures this season.
The Gunners manager has shown plenty of patience in Oxlade-Chamberlain since buying him as a 17-year-old for £15million, but decided last year that he had not made sufficient progress by the time of his fifth season at the Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of three English players facing an uncertain future in north London, with Kieran Gibbs appearing to be frozen out and Jack Wilshere shipped out on loan to Premier League rivals Bournemouth.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 154 league and cup appearances for the Gunners since joining as in 2011 when they beat a number of other clubs to his signature.
With 15 goals, and another 21 in assists, the attacking midfielder has shown that he has both an eye for goal and the vision to create one but manager Wenger could perhaps see the Portsmouth-born star as expendable.
The report claims that the 24-time England international has been advised to find pastures new by those closest to him, and although he wants to stay in North London, he may be forced to change his mind.