Much of the discussion of the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern has centred around the future of Alexis Sanchez this summer.
While Arsene Wenger has pleased the Gunners’ rather divided fanbase by signing Alexandre Lacazette this summer, though it’s fair to say that most of the punters propping up our bar are fretting over the notion of their all-action Chilean superstar departing their club.
Still, the former Barcelona man isn’t the only contract rebel to worry about right now. Indeed, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future is up in the air right now, with bitter rivals Chelsea touted as a potential destination for the England international. As if that wouldn’t be bad enough, reports from the Sun have confused our resident Gooners.
Indeed, they claim Stoke City are keen on the 23-year-old this summer, with the player’s agent reportedly in talks with the Potters. The England international may be swayed by the promise of regular first-team football, especially in a World Cup year, and talks over a club-record deal at the bet 365 Stadium are believed to have begun.
Into the final year of his deal, Arsenal are understood to value the former Southampton prodigy at around £25m, and our locals would hate to see him go. While he hasn’t always convinced, the idea of losing a talented young Englishman – one who enjoyed a strong end to the campaign – is a worrying one.
For Chamberlain, a move up to the Potteries would probably serve him quite well. Unlikely to instantly command a regular first-team berth at a top four club, ‘The Ox’ certainly would enjoy that with Stoke City.
With Marko Arnautovic recently having left for West Ham United, he’d be a wonderful replacement for Mark Hughes.
However, for Arsenal, potentially watching him develop into the player we all know he could be elsewhere would be rather gut-wrenching indeed. Perhaps including a buy-back clause would be a good idea, though surely he’d be better served continuing his career at the Emirates.