Sometime in April the news broke that Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has verbally agreed to join Liverpool at the end of the just ended season but new news reports have it that the player is instead going to reject Liverpool and remain with Arsenal. Chamberlain was at one stage odds on to join Liverpool with many bookies offering free betting bonuses on him – their way of baiting in new players.
According to the report by daily mirror, Chamberlain will be signing a new contract with Arsenal in the next coming weeks. The former Southampton star who has just 12-months left on his contract to run has been the subject of strong rumours in the English media in the last few weeks.
Chamberlain has blown both hot and cold in his Arsenal career since joining from Southampton in 2011 but was a key member of Arsenal’s squad that won 9 out of the last 10 games of the season. He seem to have finally found a place in Arsenal’s first team in the right wing back position.
It seems his new found form in the right wing-back position has convinced him to continue at Arsenal. It is reported that Arsene Wenger is keen to fend off interest in the Englishman as he sees him as a key part of his plans for Arsenal next season.
Mirror reckons Chamberlain has been made a £100,000-a-week offer which he is reportedly going to accept. Negotiations between Arsenal and the player’s representatives are said to be at an advanced stage and the club is confident Chamberlain will continue to ply his trade with Arsenal next season. This report if true will most likely put an end to reports of Arsenal’s interest in Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
This news if true means Wenger is more likely to retain the 343 formation ( and it variation ) with Arsenal next season. It could also put an end to a search for another right back as Bellerin and Chamberlain could be seen as the right wing-back choices next season.
However, on a personal note, would have been great if we go all out for Bayern Munich. The Brazilian seems to be surplus to requirement at Bayern Munich and should Arsenal really want him and be ready to pay, we may stand a good chance of getting him. And despite Chamberlain staying, we certainly could do with Costa still especially as Theo Walcott doesn’t seem to fit into the new system Wenger has adopted.