Wenger: I rate Ox and want him to stay

Wenger confident on Oxlade-Chamberlain's future

Arsene Wenger says he’s surprised to hear reports that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave the club in the summer.

The Times claims the England international, whose contract at the Emirates ends in July 2018, will reject any new deal put on the table and will look to call time on his six years at the club at the end of the season. Furthermore, they state that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez also want out.

“I haven’t seen that,” remarked Wenger when asked about suggestions that Chamberlain has said he feels ‘taken for granted’.

“I’m surprised by that because I believe that he has been developed well, he is developing well at the moment and he has been given his chance.

“When you are somewhere, you have to want to be there first. After that, the only thing I can say is that personally I rate him highly.

“I showed that in the way I keep faith in him when he spent long times out injured. He’s developing very well at the moment.

He added: “I personally wish that he stays at the club, because I think he’s a very promising player who has developed very well and who looks to me to have the values that we rate at this club.”

Chamberlain last put pen-to-paper in 2012 alongside fellow Brits Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson. Of that group only Ramsey is tied down past next summer.

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