Arsene Wenger is eager to tie down the England international, who is out of contract in June 2018, to a new long-term deal, however, with negotiations on hold until the end of the season Arsenal could face a tough decision if the 23-year-old chooses not to renew.
The Gunners definitely don’t want to sell to a rival Premier League team. At the same time, they don’t want to lose the midfielder, signed for an initial £12 million fee from Southampton in 2011, on a free transfer. Liverpool are said to be ready to pay £25 million.
Judging by the tone of today’s newspaper articles, presumably planted by Chamberlain’s representatives, it certainly looks as though the Gunners have work to do if they are to persuade Chamberlain to stick around.
An emphasis on his desire to start games in the centre of the park sticks out. In recent weeks he’s been played at right wing-back by Arsene Wenger, a position that he’s excelled in with performances that reaffirm his match-winning qualities. The confusion over Arsene Wenger’s future is also underlined as a sticking point although the Frenchman’s continued presence isn’t necessarily seen as a necessity.
Chamberlain has made 192 appearances for the Gunners in the last six years but his lack of consistency, not helped by the fact he’s been deployed in a range of positions, has often been highlighted as a problem.
Arseblog News suspects there will be plenty more stories like this in the coming weeks. Given Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are also hogging the headlines it’s going to make uncomfortable reading for Gooners.