Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club with on-going doubts over his contract situation.
Speculation on Monday suggested that contract troubles were brewing with the England international, as he has been left frustrated with his lack of starts this season and that talks hadn’t even begun as of yet with his current deal running until 2018.
However, Wenger has moved quickly to address the situation and has insisted that given the level of investment and time that the club has put into the 23-year-old, they are keen to sign him up to a new deal.
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Further, the Arsenal manager added that his player “loves it here” as all seems well for the time being with both parties likely to be hopeful of reaching a new deal sooner rather than later.
To his credit, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in good form this season as he has contributed six goals and six assists in 21 appearances in all competitions so far.
Since his move to north London in 2011, he has fallen short of expectations with a lack of maturity and decisiveness in the final third. However, based on the numbers above he seems to have addressed that problem area and in turn Wenger is unsurprisingly keen to keep hold of him.