By Harry Sykes
Arsene Wenger erupted in fury when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain informed him last week he wanted to quit Arsenal for Liverpool, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein revealed in a Q&A on his personal Twitter account that Gunners manager Wenger was “stunned” that Oxlade-Chamberlain had decided to snub a staggering contract offer from the club and join the Merseyside giants for £35million, a transfer that was completed on deadline day.
The 67-year-old, who is renowned for rarely losing his cool outside of matches, is said to have thrown both barrels at the England international, who was signed from Southampton for £15million in 2011.
This came after a summer of intense speculation over the futures of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez
“Wenger genuinely wanted and tried to keep the trio,” Ornstein reported. “He was stunned and bitterly disappointed when Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected the club’s final contract offer (an enormous pay rise that would have earned him close to £180,000-a-week if Arsenal made it back into the Champions League).
“I’m told Wenger did not hold back when Oxlade-Chamberlain told him face-to-face that he wanted to move on.”
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 4, 2017
Jurgen Klopp sanctioned the big-money move for Oxlade-Chamberlain after taking advantage of his situation at Arsenal, where he was due to be out of contract next summer.
Liverpool fought off interest in the England international, 24, from Chelsea, who are said to have offered him more money in order to sign.
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