I’ll start this with a disclaimer, in an ideal world I would want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at Arsenal for a good while yet.
After years of watching him flatter to deceive and only showing us the occasional flashes of quality, he is finally beginning to realise his potential.
Last season he served up consistent performances, wherever he was asked to play, and more importantly he produced some end product, scoring more goals than ever before and contributing some key assists – not least to Nacho Monreal in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
So to cash in on Ox now, considering he is playing better than ever, would seem a crazy thing to do. But that’s what I think Arsenal should do.
Let’s face it, Ox says it’s not about the money – but it is. A nice big, juicy contract is on the table, but he and his agent want more. They can dress it up, however, they want, but at the end of the day it’s about money.
The line coming from Ox’s camp is that he wants to start playing regularly in central midfield and that’s why he won’t sign a new deal.
Let’s face it though, if he thinks he’s going to start playing week in, week out in the Chelsea engine room he’s kidding himself, the same goes for Liverpool – even with their current options.
So the only reason he will be moving on anywhere else will be for more money. He knows it and we all know it.
So if he has made it clear that he has no intention of signing a new deal then in my mind Arsenal have no option but to sell now, why lose around £30m for a player like the Ox?
Alexis Sanchez you can understand, he is a player who will score more than 20 goals this season and contribute to around the same amount in terms of assists.
Will Ox do that? No chance! So why allow him to walk away on a free?
I agree 100 per cent with Wenger’s stance on Alexis, he is a special player who is worth taking the financial hit on, but Ox? Not for me.
To be honest I wouldn’t be against selling Mesut Ozil either, but I can’t see anyway Arsenal would find a buyer for the German right now given the money they (and he) would be after.
But there is a market for the Ox, that is clear. Yes it may send out a bad message selling to Chelsea, but what’s the difference if he’s going to rock up there next season anyway?
It’s either let him do it on a free next summer – having paid him another year’s worth of wages, or bring in £30m right now and go and get yourself a Julian Draxler, a Jean Seri, or a Thomas Lemar in the next eight days.
Honestly, it just doesn’t even look like a difficult decision to me.
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