By Abigail Withey
Arsenal will tell midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain within the next day whether he has permission to leave the club this summer, according to a Sky Sports journalist.
Kaveh Solhekol has revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 24-year-old future will be decided over the next 24 hours after he turned down a huge wage increase and contract extension.
The Sky reporter claims that while the England international doesn’t want to stay at the Emirates, two of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals are waiting in the wings to secure the ace.
Solhekol wrote on his Twitter: “Arsenal to tell Oxlade-Chamberlain in next 24 hours if he can leave. Wants to go. Turned down £180k a week deal. Chelsea, Liverpool want him”.
Arsenal to tell Oxlade-Chamberlain in next 24 hours if he can leave. Wants to go. Turned down £180k a week deal. Chelsea, Liverpool want him
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 25, 2017
His proposed new wages would’ve made him the second highest earning Arsenal player behind front runner Alexandre Lacazette, but it looks as though money promises weren’t enough for the star.
Football Insider verdict
While it will come as a massive blow to the senior squad and fans to see a favoured player leave, Arsene Wenger must make the decision to let him go now. As seen with other players in the Premier League like Philippe Coutinho and Diego Costa, once a player wants to leave their heart is no longer in the club. If Wenger forced the Ox to see out the final 12 months of his contract it’s unlikely that the 24-year-old would continue displaying as much passion and drive on the pitch. The best thing to do now is to wrap up the asking price and let Chelsea and Liverpool fight over the England international while Wenger looks for a last minute signing with the funds.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club has confirmed that a midfielder has left the Gunners.