Report: Chelsea set for £35 million Ox deal

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According to Sky Sports, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will move to Chelsea for around £35 million in the coming days.

As expected, Arsenal have decided to cash in on the England international who has turned down the chance to commit his long-term future to the club.

While Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he won’t sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, both also in the final 12 months of the contract, it appears he’s decided he can’t afford to lose a third player for free next summer.

Chamberlain has played all three games this season as a wing-back, a role he claims to have little interest in.

It looks as though Shkodran Mustafi could follow Chamberlain out of the club before the transfer window closes on Thursday. The Germany international is being tipped to sign a loan deal with Inter Milan. Whether two big name departures sets things up for an arrival or two remains to be seen.

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Jay

SMH

Tarsenal

Just get done with the deal already.

lee dicks on

Last one off the titanic!

Ramseys backheel

Grow some balls stupid whiners. Like it would help to act like a crybaby for every news related. Go to support someone with less issues, if you cant take it as it is. Sounds like you really should.

Rob67

Sounds like you shouldn’t take your frustration out, on other posters.

Goonsquad

If the choice is, sell him for 35m or sign him up for four years at 180k a week, then I think sell is best.

Chris

Yeah, decent bit of business to flog a decent (but not great in my opinion) plsyrt for $35m. Sucks he’s off to Chelski, but at the end of the day, he’s not bigger than the club.

Tarsenal

It’ll be incredible if we get £35m for a player in the last year of his contract and who clearly doesn’t want to stay.

StuckInTheWire

And who has zero end product.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Exactly, statistics do not lie. Try to dribble and if you don’t know what to do with the ball, bump into opposing players. That ploy won’t work with Conte too long.

Chippys chip

Yeah feck off and take wenger kroenke and co with you

PFo

He’ll be the best right wing back in the league by the end of the season, you watch. We’ve wasted him.

Paul

If you are not being sarcastic PFo I’d be very happy to have a bet with you on that mate.

Oberon

Isn’t his whole reason for leaving because he wants to play, central midfield?

Anthony

Guarantee he will be playing right wing back for Chelsea.

kveb

Spot on pfo. He has been grossly miss-managed here. One of the most naturally talented athletes I’ve every seen in the shirt. Expect him to thrive in a new environment.

Gibbo

Chels won the title with Victor fuckin Moses at right wing back…maybe it’s the fuckin coaching?

Charles Hall

Bring out your dead!

Olujedai

Not really. In today’s market, 35mill is close to 18/20 mill as at last year

Sheffield Gooner

What is SMH?

I’m not naive, just a bit older…

Paul

Shaking my head

Sheffield Gooner

Thanks Paul. NOIHOB.

(Not one I’ve heard of before.)

Paul

HYN? 🙂

SR94Uk

NHHN

MentalFortitude

priceless. i love it

Heavenly Chapecoense

I am shaking my head as to why such unnecessary acronyms exist.

ArPar

Ffs lol.

I’ll leave now.

Kosoxzil

Are we building a new stadium?
If not, why are we selling like we are finding an ongoing project.
Or is Wenger seriously selling just to make funds to give in to Sanchez new contract demands?
Even so, with the team performances like in Anfield, I really really doubt he will want to stay.

Gosh, it’s really hard to be positive with so much uncertainty.
Player contracts expiring(Sanchez,Ozil), sudden departure of players(Mustafi, Gabriel), Players playing out of position (Bellerin, Monreal), and not playing key players (Lacazette, Kolasinac)

Bould\'s Eyeliner

Watch yesterday’s game and ask yourself those questions again

Anonymarse

It makes me think we are trying to sign some players but I expect to be disappointed

odalgooner

Meh. Sign who? What difference would it make? The team is in complete disarray. We could sign Mbappe and Drexler and it would make absolutely no difference. I’m not trying to pick on you at all, but it frustrates the hell out of me when there’s this much going horribly wrong in our club, and people start going “oh, but there might be a transfer coming in” or “we need transfers”.
We need transfers in like we need a new painting in the hallway of a house that’s falling apart and on fire.
I would seriously doubt the sanity of *any* class player that wanted to come to our club at this point. And it hurts me to say it. But it’s true. If the club is going to wave signings in our face to kiss everything better, I’m going to be sick.

Crash Fistfight

I’ve been thinking the same thing for a couple of years now. Reminds me of that Groucho Marx quote: “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

It’s true. You have to question the drive of any player that wants to join Arsenal at the moment. You’re sure as hell not going to win major trophies, so what’s the motivation? I can only think it’s money, in which case I wouldn’t want you as a player at Arsenal.

Paul

I know it’s of little help but we only one point behind spuds, six points behind manure and yet to play them twice…yeah I’ll get my coat…:-)

Arsenalista

Please do get your coat and hurry because we are only 3 games in. The spuds should never ever be a barometer for this club and we are -14 goal difference on man poo, like i said, we are only 3 games in.

Jack Action

What on earth are you talking about? If a player doesn’t want to resign you recoup at least some of your money. It’s STUPID to let a player go for free. That is 35m we can use elsewhere. Or in Alexis’ case 50m, or in Ozil’s case a bottle of Gatorade for halftime.

Chippys chip

Yes its why the board love wenger. Profits in transfer market = $€£ in pockets or “cash reserves”. Any other club/board would have sacked him by now when clearly the dressingroom is lost and half the team want out. All i need is some clarity and someone to tell me WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!!: Coma. GnR.

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

No Champions League football and Özil & Sanchez are running their contracts down. That’s at least £150m in potential lost revenue. The club needs to make up the shortfall. That crap about us being able to survive without Champions League accounts for only one season out, eats into our cash reserves and doesn’t legislate for writing off our two most valuable players.

WengerOut

Bring back Fabregas

GHunner

That would be the most logical move but remember, it’s Wenger we’re talking about

Anonymarse

Then we can play three number 10s at the same time

SR94Uk

Hahaha

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Yeah we could have, but Wenger chose not to. Still angers me

IamaGoober

Cool – time to get rid of him I think.

I am not even going to go into why its the 28th of August and we’re selling him now.. because yes, this 100% should’ve happened at the start of the window. Why the fuck have we been pandering to his ego all summer offering him ludicrous amounts of money when he genuinely isnt worth it.

I cant stand Theo Walcott either, but at least he actually scores goals, what does Chamberlain actually do? Apart from dick around on all the Arsenal social media channels.

He does nothing. Good luck.

Oxfail

And McGregor style “You’ll do nutin”

Paul

He’s off and hopefully Alexis is next. We can’t move forward with team members who don’t want to be part of the team imo.

Hoppalong Gabriel

Not sanchez next. Ozil next.

dennis

Take Ozil with them pls

Stringer Bell

To play him yesterday was nothing short of professional gross misconduct. At the expense of the best left back in Germany last season and playing a one footed right back who has been very poor for a long while now at left back. Beggars belief

bob davis

Ox made it clear he wanted to leave. He shouldn’t have played at Anfield. It’s pointless including him in the squad. Another fine mess Wenger has got himself into.

NYGunner92

Why would you drop Kolasinac and move Bellerin to the left? It is ridiculous. Kolasinac would bring some toughness into our team which is what we need.

Bob\'s Mexican Cousin
Bob\'s Mexican Cousin

Probably pace was a consideration. Trying to see the glass one fortieth full…

NYGunner92

Kolasinac is quick for a big guy. And he is definitely faster than Monreal who couldn’t cope with Salah.

Des

Because our manager is a tactical genius 😂😂

David C

plus he could have gotten injured which would have made it harder to move him along. Did Ox get better since we signed him? I think not. Is that down to the player or the manager? Probably a bit of both.

I’m not sure Ox is an improvement on Victor Moses, can’t see where he plays in Chelski’s midfield.

Please turn the 35 million into a signing!

aberinkula

From the Guardian:

“Personal terms are unlikely to prove an issue, with Antonio Conte hoping a versatile player will challenge Victor Moses at *right wing-back*”

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

TeeCee

Don’t panic. The Ox doesn’t look like a Guardian reader to me.

Doug

Chelsea will want him to back up the wingers, not challenge for their spots. He’s really there to replace Matic, I think, so he will get time centrally. Fabregas is best against bus-parkers, gets a little lost the rest of the time. With 55-60 matches, he’ll get plenty of playing time, and a genuine chance to get a position he wants.

Mpls

Ha! I hope he IS there to replace Matic! That would be the most brilliant bit of strategery by Wenger ever!

But alas, he’s going for a bigger paycheck and maybe a bench trophy. Gotta round out those homegrown numbers!

DB\'s first touch

They already got Bakayoko to replace Matic (it may not seem like that because Chelsea did the most un-arsenal of things…they signed Matic’s replacement BEFORE letting him go). I’m not saying the ox won’t get any time at CM in this thin Chelsea squad, but is it really going to be significantly more than he got at Arsenal filling in at CM during our annual injury crisis? Probably not…

PFo

But he is better than Moses (not a huge challenge, imo). So we’re directly improving a “rival” in a key area where they desperately need cover and could use an upgrade. Personally I think it’s stupid, but the stupidity is getting in this mess to begin with, not so much making this decision given that the only alternative was losing him for free next summer (we could have offered him a new deal ages ago, and if it was clear he probably wasn’t going to sign, why did we wait until the last bloody week of the window before selling, so we have no time to find a replacement??!?).

Loose_Cannon

It strengthens Chelsea and makes us weaker no doubt about it. To claim otherwise is totally delusional

Gunnerdare

I can’t believe that wenger played him dispite he rejecting a deal and club already decided they have to sell him, if it ox was messi and we play him one last time to win the game beofre letting him go, ox became a player in our team that wenger nurture him from young age invested everything in him and it is like ox told wenger I will not renew and I will play vs liverpool and wenger obliged.

Wenger is sick man people, this is serous shit, and I was a fan of wenger just to know

Anonymarse

Perhaps Wenger was planning to keep him but when see saw how shit he played thought ‘fuck this, you’re off’

kaius

Come on, let’s get real. Both Seri and Mbappe’s managers sat them on the bench this weekend because their transfer situations are unresolved.

Why do we keep making excuses for a man who’s one of the most experienced coaches in European football?

Richie

Hopefully he’ll sell Ramsey tomorrow then 🙂

Jean Ralphio

To call Wenger a ‘sick man’ is way over the top, mate. We can criticise without being disrespectful.

GunnerDareMacedonia

Dude i didn’t mean in bad way I meant it in a sad way that he is past it, is it because of his age he lost his touch he doesn’t know what he is doing, is the age and so many seasons doing this to him he is way way past it he is an old man.

Watch him now next game he will reverse the tactic back to 4 at the back I can see his next move from the sky and watch us win a game or two before chesleae do the same liverpool did to u us and then he will go again 3 at back the man doesn’t know what he is doing anymore I was his biggest fan, I follow arsenal from 1998.

Something is seriously wrong with him.

Healthy person in healthy frame of mind doesn’t play belerrin at LB when you have Kolasican a beast and even Moneral for LB.

Kolasinac was made for the game yesterday as we now what salah is capable of, he would bully him of the ball few times and every time sallah has the ball he will think twice to run at him.

We bought him to toughen up at the back and what we do we play RB at LB who was awful last game and was awful yesterday sense not his fault he was played way out of potion.

Ox was awful against stoke why play him again, why play him at all when he rejected the new deal.

This is why I can’t understand what is wrong with the man, and that is why i call him that.

Traveen

I know Arsene badly wants Arsenal to succeed, he is a great man, but as you said, his decisions are beyond baffling. He was extremely stubborn in trying to prove that playing Bellerin out of position is a master stroke.

caligunner

I think he wants to keep HB happy then trying to be some genius.

Gooner4life

He played Bellerine at left back because he was scared of Salaha’s pace.
Wenger didn’t know that Bellerine would have a total stinker against him , Bellerine is so over rated it’s unbelievable.
If you include all the out goings we’ve spent absolutely fa this pre season we are up around £40 mil if Mustafi leaves for the reported £35 mil
I know they said this pre season things would change but I had no idea they meant for the worse.
The club’s in total disarray and a shambles.

Faisal Narrage

You mean the player that’s been awful for almost a year and even worse on the left, Wenger didn’t know he would have a stinker?

Chinaman

It probably was a last ditch effort to retain him. Remember Theo in his last 6 months? Scored a hattrick against Newcastle, signed a deal soon after. Unfortunately Ox just doesn’t want to be a wingback.

Gunnerdare

Like he will be a CM at chelsea ? are you serious. Conte giving hima chance at CM hahahahah that is a big laugh. Conte would not give a chance in CM to Xhaka, Coq, or ramsey not alone ox

Gunnya

Gunnerdare is right… Obviously position wasn’t the issue

Dan

Neither would I after yesterday!

Sheffield Gooner

Exactly. If he plays at all, it’ll be at wing back.

Serves him fucking right.

New guy

I assume the higher wage he will be receiving will change his mind about being a wing back, even though it wasn’t about the money.

Samuel Peeps

Higher wage, and the chance to win the league. Which he doesn’t have at arsenal for the foreseeable.

cagooner

What is there to “serve him right” about. He’s seen the writing on the wall at Arsenal. He knows it’s all fucked up. He’s getting out while he can. Credit to him. If i wasn’t married to this club for last 45 years, i’d fucking bail too. I just hope players force through a change of Manager like they did at Chelsea and Leicester. That’s what it’s come to.

Squiggle

It’s weird. Fans curse the club and say it’s going nowhere but at the same time curse any player who doesn’t want to throw his career away on that club. Because that’s what he’d be doing by your own judgement.

I’m not sure it’s my judgement but hey-ho.

Clins

What is wrong with ox leaving . No good player with right frame of mind would stay at arsenal . You can be dick about it all you want but unless arsenal weed out there all problem that is the manager we will never challenge the league and our players will keep on moving to greener pastures just like Van persie fabregas nasri Sanchez ozil ox etc .

antgoon

Thank you

Mondo

He’s a player that just wants out. Like Muatafi. Like Alexis. Like Ozil. Like Jack…

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

I want out too, but I can’t. And never will. At least at other clubs you can expect change when shit hits the fan, not get the promise of a catalyst for change followed by utter silence

Sheffield Gooner

And the shit really is hitting the fans.

cagooner

He’s going to Chelsea to win things under a manager who will develop his as a player.

Deano

Thanks for reminding me.

Paul M

Couldn’t agree more.

NYGunner92

Ox is like RVP. Ox was good for 2-3 months out of 6 years? Now he thinks he is too good for arsenal so he wants to go. Its so annoying that its making me laugh.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

He is nowhere near as good or as important to us as Van persie was

caligunner

RVP was a slightly better then just 3months out of his Arsenal career. RVP leaving hurt, Ox leaving isn’t. Not because he wants to leave because he just isn’t good enough. The wage he allegedly rejected is insane to offer him. When he leaves the only things we’ll miss from him is his occasional moments during games where we ask ourselves why can’t he do that more often or a string of games where he mostly plays well. The stuff I won’t miss is the games he disappears, moments in games where he makes bad decisions and most of all his finishing.

dennis

RVP, Cesc, Henry and others all left the club bcos they knew we weren.t seriously going to compete for the top players and top prizes. Call them whatever u want but they all left to fulfill career ambitions they felt wouldn.t happen with Arsenal. This is still the case.

CJay

Mustafi is leaving also, if the transfer rumors are to be believed. He shouldn’t have played either of them yesterday.

cagooner

He didn’t play Mustafi.

Berlingoon

But he put rather him on the bench than our club captain. Which tells you how much he rates Mertesacker. Chambers hasn’t featured at all so I guess that leaves us with Holding and Koscielny as our only cb’s he’s willing to play. One right back and 2 left backs of which one has to help out in the back 3. Means we have 5 players for 5 positions. Thank god we don’t get many injuries here at the Arsenal. 😔

GHunner

Can’t wait for us to announce our untried, untested, short on confidence, budget replacement.

Anonymarse

Can’t be any worse than yesterday

Stuck on repeat...

Never say never…

Jean

It looks like wenger behave with grown man as if they were kids. If their mind is set why try to win them back with playing them. It endangers the club (aka results and seriousness) and our position in the bargaining if we re to sell them.

Sheffield Gooner

Bloggs, you ought to publish a book each season of the most up-voted comments. It would be a great record of the season… and a great read!

Sheffield Gooner

(Referring to the comment by Stringer Bell above)

Tasmanian Jesus

Great idea. Certainly would make me try harder with my comments.
I sense there is a lesson in here somewhere…nah, nevermind.

Mark C

The other tragedy is that we lost Serge Gnabry because we kept giving chances to the Ox that he didn’t deserve. Still, if we get the Ox off our books and end this ridiculous obsession with British players, at least something positive will have come from getting thrashed by Liverpool.

Gooooonnnaaaaa

Adios Judas ✌️At this point Koscienly and Sanchez are the only two players I’d fight to keep.

DavMaz

‘Gross misconduct’ – Totally agree. If the line manager invests £50m in equipment and then uses the £16m Manchester reject equipment and the result is an inferior product then surely you need to sack the line manager as nobody will buy the product and the company will go out of business

Ritesh

Historically it has been very difficult to second-guess Wenger, but this season there has been no logic to his team selection. Absolutely bewildering.

Wenger Out

Good riddance. No end product, and has clearly lost interest in playing for the club (as shown yesterday).

kaius

There’s a difference between wanting to play for Arsenal, and wanting to play for Wenger.

Wenger said last last week that Ox owes it to us to stay because we developed his career… and Ox said no. And he’s not the only one, so it’s pointless to focus our ire on individuals.

This is a damning indictment of Arsene Wenger’s last few years. Letting him sign a new contract is going to cost us a number of players.

Twatsloch

That FA cup win is turning more and more into a curse. Had we lost that chances are Wenger wouldn’t haven’t signed a new deal and for as sad as it would have been to seek him leave like that the club might have been turning a new leaf with a new manager and a fresh perspective right now. Much preferred to this shower of shit.

Kwame Ampadu Down

I’m genuinely amazed anyone can think Arsene would have left if we didn’t win the FA cup. He had no intention of leaving regardless of how the season ended.

kaius

“I know where I’ll be coaching next season”

Godfrey Twatsloch

“chances are”

Did you read that part of my post or did you just assume I said with certainty that he’d leave?

“He had no intention of leaving regardless of how the season ended.”

Once again, you don’t know that. Unless you haver the ability to hear what he’s thinking and I’m going to assume you don’t have that ability.

Kwame Ampadu Down

‘Can think’…Did you read that part of my post or did you just assume I said that you said with certainty that he’d leave?

You’re taking offence for no reason whatsoever. I wasn’t at all having a go; I just am genuinely amazed that anyone can think that he would have gone. Just my opinion, no idea why it’s wound you up so much.

Godfrey Twatsloch

Fair point Kwame. Pardon my grumpiness.

Kwame Ampadu Down

All grumpiness understandable today….

neutral

Wow you guys talking each other down from a message board rant/insult contest was one of the best exchanges I’ve seen on these boards. Respect.

Gooner1886

You’re right mate. I was hoping we wouldn’t finish top 4 and then wenger would have to leave. But the lucky bastard won the FA cup and now we have 2 more years of this shite. At least!

Godfrey Twatsloch

This truly is shite and what makes it all the more shite is that it doesn’t have to be like that. We have a great club with a proud history, an amazing stadium, huge fan base, sound economy and more than decent enough players. A couple of them are even world class. This could be so great so why isn’t it? I mean I know why but why would anyone with an ounce of decency choose to stand in the way of that? To those with the ability to influence things, for fucks sake get off your arse and do what’s needed!

mkpkelly

Regardless if your support Wenger or not, winning the FA cup 3 of the last 4 years is not luck!!!!

Godfrey Twatsloch

Agreed. All of them felt glorious and I have such fond memories of all three of them. Against Hull I had the boys over for a BBQ and a piss up. Aston Villa was me and the girl BBQ’ing and getting pissed. Last year I can’t remember where I was actually. Might have been at work. That one especially was incredible since it was so unexpected. What a day that was! And how soon that fine wine turned to vinegar.

AmericanGooner

Love the person, don’t love the player. Great dribbler with no end game. That said – if Mustafi does indeed leave as well, Van Dijk and Lemar coming in would be a dream.

JustBrowsing

I’m the other way round to a degree. I find him a bit childish for his age, which reminds me to much of the ‘banter era’.
I love the closeness of a lot of the players, but there’s a time and a place for having a laugh, taking selfies etc and a time to train and focus.
We did well clearing a lot of deadwood the last few years..the problem is that a lot of the players with ‘potential’ have become the new deadwood, so we start again clearing out.
Ox I would have kept another year, but if he wants to go fuck it. At this point I don’t actually blame anyone for leaving our beloved club.
A sad state of affairs.

Glen Helders Left Foot
Glen Helders Left Foot

Will people please cop on, van dijk or Lemar are you having a laugh? Why would any top class player join this sinking ship with captain clueless in charge

PFo

Exactly. Stop saying, “it’s ok if we use it to being in Lemar, etc, etc” OF COURSE it would be fine in that case. But OF COURSE we’re not signing any top class player between now and Thursday.

Arsenalista

Liverpool are going to get Lamar, how sad is that? Sums up everything about our club right now. Zero ambition. The inmates are running the asylum. Crazy

caligunner

Seriously its not going to happen but not because world class or good players don’t want to join a sinking ship. They will join if there are no options or if the money is there. Seriously though we all know Arsenal (Arsene or whomever is in charge of the transfer budget/philosophy) isn’t going to spend that much on a player during this transfer window lol I would be stunned if that happened. I wouldn’t even know what to think.

The money being spent on top players this window won’t be spent by Arsenal until that becomes the norm for 2nd tier players smh

Me2

Give me a break.
What top player is going to want to sign for a crisis club like Arsenal?
We cannot even keep crap like Chamberlain much less sign top class replacements.

Mistafi

Crisis is temporary. Bring in a couple of good players who are determined to do well, stitch together a few wins and the good will creeps back in. Arsenal is still one of the biggest football clubs in the world and the followers ‘us’ will make sure it stays that way. COYG!!

AmericanGooner

You could have said the same about Chelsea and ManU the last couple of years. Did poor EPL results stop top players from joining?

Crash Fistfight

Difference being that those two clubs brought in superstar managers with recent major successes, which would suggest improvement, whereas Arsenal just handed a new (improved) contract to a manager in steady decline.

caligunner

To be fair Arsenal isn’t in a steady decline. You make it sound like Arsenal is going the way of Liverpool. I know top 4 isn’t always great but the clubs been there year in and year out up until this past season. Now that we dropped out of top 4 I can see the club dropping fast because the core is rotten at this point. The duct tape has finally given out lol

odalgooner

Yeah. A dream. That’s about as close as you’ll get to that happening. And what would it change? Absolutely nothing.

cagooner

Agree completely. That’s about the only way AW digs his way out of this current hole.

Chippys chip

Dream on

Easy tiger

Who can blame him?

aberinkula

Burn it all down. Start again.

GooonerMike

Wenger Out, Stan Out, Ivan Out, Chips Keswick Out, Dick Law Out, Steve Bould Out, Ozil Out, Sanchez Out, Ox Out….Hell even the medical team Out!!!
Im sick of this Shit, we need change…all round, Top to Bottom change….we need to stand up as Fans and do something about the club….WE ARE THE CLUB…not Wenger, Stan or the Board….WE THE FANS ARE!!! We don’t deserve this, and we need to show that we are not happy…we need to show them that we have a voice, and that they WILL listen…..WE NEED CHANGE!!

Blahblahblah

But when the protests came for change no one wanted it,at least not a lot were prepared to show it,maybe next time a group wants support for a time for change we will join in,in our 1000s

JustBrowsing

BURN THEM ALL!!
BURN THEM ALL!!
Wenger is turning into the mad king..

Anonymarse

Nice ending wasn’t it. Only problem is now we have to wait 18 months to find out what happens next AGAIN 🙁

Gar14

Anyone sad about this? After yesterday, I highly doubt it.

Chinaman

I’d 😍 to see his reaction when he finds out he’s competing with Moses for RWB and not with Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas in the middle… & for wages less than the insane sums Arsene offered 😂😂😂

Easy tiger

He doesnt have a problem with wingback. Playing for Wenger is the issue. And we can all undrstand that stand…

Penfield

You guys seriously think Ox cares about playing wingback or not? He just wants to get away from the catastrophe that is Arsenal under Wenger these days

That is all.

Neil

There was a piece in the Guardian today suggesting that Ox doesn’t want to be another Walcott (i.e. an immensely talented player who never quite reaches is potential). That Walcott didn’t turn into a world class player is down most certainly to him mostly and the club slightly…. and though Ox is a different player, it’s a compelling comparison to make.

PFo

No, that Walcott didn’t turn into a world class player is down to the fact that he’s not immensely talented, not even close (Ox, on the other hand, is closer).

caligunner

Agree, lol only thing Walcott had was amazing speed and was a solid finisher with his right foot. Other then that he wasn’t anything put just speed. The worse thing to happen to Walcott was making the MNT at his age he did

I\'m Professor Ignorance, on this subject
I\'m Professor Ignorance, on this subject

Yeah, he’s really going to regret leaving comfy ol’ Arsenal. Imagine, giving up the money to buy a new Lambo every week in exchange for escaping a stagnant club and potentially developing as a footballer by getting new input from one of the best managers in the game, and maybe winning league titles, too. Way rather have 52 Lambos, can never have enough of those.

cagooner

You’re right. That’s the extent players will go to to get away from this shit. Says it all.

Loose_Cannon

Ox said last season he doesn’t mind wingback though he prefers CM. And you’re right he won’t get what we’re offering at Chelsea cause it’s not about the money. Ox is leaving because he’s Wenger Out. Let that sink in for a second

Anonymarse

Nope he’s been very disloyal. Can’t see him getting into Chelsea’s team at all.

Charles

I’m delighted. This is crazy money for a very average player in the last year of his contract. We’re fleecing them.

Griffbox

Insane that he played yday. But great deal for AFC imo. Get this one done quickly and the club can focus on the larger issues in hand.

Thaigoon

why are you ppl so happy about a better deal shit. Stan is making profit already in all his 5 clubs. how could you be happy for his business while its making your team more shit day by day is beyond me

Bould\'s Eyeliner

Good. He can rot in blue for all we care. Sadly he’ll probably have a few laughs with Cesc. Let them both rot.

bob

im told its 75 mill ox and sanchez

Twatsloch

Good! Add another 5 or 10 mil and have them both!

Progman07

The saddest part is the way we would (not) spend that extra 5-10 mil.

BigArse

Hate this, but we have to do it. Good luck to Ox in all things but his new teams results.
Now get Seri, Carvalho, and Van Dijk. God knows how or why they’d come, but please do it.

Tusikon

That has to be the most naive thing I have read all day.

Gunnerdare

Are you really believe that we can sign VDV ? we could sign lemar and wenger didn’t met monaco demand and pissed them off, and now he is gone to liverpool, we could sign mbappe but wenger refuste to pay commission to his family o 7-8 mil last year.

If you fans believe that we will sign VDV, draxler od some big names you are far worse than wenger, we will spent the 35mil for Johny evans and that will be it.

Also mustafi going.

Sheffield Gooner

True. Surely VD knows that if he comes to us, his reputation as a great CB is gone.

IndieGooner

VDV?? Why would we want to sign that grotty ex-spud? 😁
As for Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton will need absolutely crazy money to let him go this late. I will be very surprised if we were to do what is needed to get him.

ATL_Gunner

Man. Can you bottle that optimism and send some my way? I am genuinely impressed.

Handbraker

Dreams, Kevin. Wild dreams.

Anonymarse

If we sign all of them it might actually make a difference

Akshay B

Normally I would have been so happy to take such a huge offer for a player who promises to deliver yet somehow doesn’t kick on.

But in the light of recent events, it doesn’t feel like a move that will go down with Arsenal fans….

Yes he asked for a lot of money that he isn’t worth. And yes 35m is a lot of money. Yet it could strengthen Chelse if they manage to get a tune on him.

I am so confused right now…..Just like how Arsenal are run.

Sheffield Gooner

I’m OK with it. He’s good, but nothing special.

Sean

Crystal Palace player waiting to happen. Well, Bergkamp-willing at least…

Sean

Crystal Palace player waiting to happen.

Sean

Whoops, internet lagged and didn’t think my original comment got posted. But I suppose it’s probably a fair sentiment to keep reinforcing; Ox will definitely be at Crystal Palace in two years and this comment won’t come back to bite me in any way… :/

Ams

I’m indifferent to Ox leaving. However, to our rivals Chelsea, the day after we get hammered 4-0 by Liverpool, it’s unforgivable if we don’t have a ready made replacement incoming. Hard to be optimistic about the coming days. *Sigh*

Yankee Gooner

What exactly needs to be replaced if he leaves? His goals? His assists? His ability to track back? Inanimate Carbon Rod is the perfect internal solution if he could just dribble past a defender once in a while.

Inanimate Carbon Rod

I can dribble!!!! However…….I’m currently recuperating in the Diaby wing of London Colney and don’t know when I’ll back 😬 On the plus side, I’ve just signed a new 5 year contract so swings and roundabouts eh!!!!

garrett

you actually act like that is going to make Chelsea better! LMAO! THAT IS A GOOD JOKE!

garrett

THIS IS A STEAL OF A DEAL 35 million is 300% overpay for the likes of his play!

Woolwich Shepherd

Good riddance.

Tusikon

Hmmm…
So basically Wenger moved Bellerin to the left, Kolasinac to play as a CB, fucked up the whole defence just so AOC can play on the right.
That was embarssing enough would have he stayed, but now? Jesus Christ.

Atom

I love them but we need to straight up tell Ozil sign a deal now or sell him – ditto with Sanchez. There’s simply no way we are competing for the title and we need that money to plug what are a multitude of holes if they aren’t going to stay.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Problem with that idea is there is no-one looking to buy Ozil….

atom

some rumors that Dortmund is interested. Sanchez we need to just bite the bullet and sell to City as much as we don’t want to. Let’s be honest- they aren’t direct rivals at this point as really City, United and Chelsea are slugging it out for the title. Hopefully Sp*rs keep collapsing as their game isn’t suited to the bigger pitch at Wembley and somehow Liverpool get too distracted by the CL

Deano

Won’t be for the money if he goes to Dortmund, couldn’t see him getting more than what he is on now at Dortmund.

Deeman

Yeah he will leave to actually save hes image

caligunner

Imagine him with finisher like Auba, Reuss and company. Players that can actually score lol

dennis

I.d be surprised if he got in their team ahead of Gotze Pulisic Sahin Kagawa etc

Sheffield Gooner

Yep, Everton, Southampton and WBA are now our rivals for those Europa League places. Let’s hope we don’t sell Sanchez to any of them.

God I’m pissed (in both UK and US sense).

ATL_Gunner

The way we played vs Stoke and Liverpool, our rivals are MUCH further down the table. And I mean that in seriousness.

Sam

They wait one year and can get him on a free. That’s great business. He’s not agitating for a move and loves living in London. Sanchez wants out and has done for some time. I wonder if he’d be first choice at City. Gives the ball away far too much for Pep’s liking.

Neil

We also need to look at those players with contracts expiring in 2 years and say: sign or get ready to leave in Jan/early next summer.

Progman07

@Atom: I’m not sure whether you are entirely serious, but obviously selling Sanchez & Özil means the whole squad gives up and we will sink to mid-table. There is nobody in the team who will be more motivated if the two remaining world class players leave.

Atom

@progman I’m totally serious. One of the biggest issues with this team is it’s not actually a team – it’s a collection of players who give up easily whenever things get tough & several (Ramsey IMO) who appear to be focused more on self glory than the team. We need a new manager, but we’re not going to get that. The second best option IMO is to retool the team. I love Ozil but he doesn’t have a proper midfield base behind him which means he’s pretty ineffective in most big games & his lack of defense (that’s not a criticism as you don’t buy a player like Ozil to press) hurts. We could replace him with a younger player like Lemar who might not be as advanced as Ozil – but might make us a better team as he won’t be excused from defensive duties. Sanchez is leaving no matter what – we might as well try to go get a PSG castoff like Draxler.

dennis

Why should the whole sqyad give up?? These 2 guys are guaranteed starters regardless of form it seems. Should they leave then we might actually have genuine competition for places and and the opportunity to utilise a system thats gets the best out of the players rather than trying to accomodate Ramsey and Ozil in the same team. It could actually be beneficial to cut them loose. Plus financially it is a no brainer if we can.t qualify for CL even with them in the team

greg

They knew this was coming why fucking play him!

Voldermort

We really are a special club. Lose to Liverpool who then announce thier record signing. And we announce we are selling the ox after having played him yesterday.why the fuck did we play him at all. He didn’t look interested.worse than the others and that’s saying something.
Yet our manager decided whats best for the team and morale is to play a bloke that was clearly moving witj a deal that would have been sorted before today at the very least.
Fucking utter madness.

Mesut O\'Neill

You’ll be playing RWB the whole season at Chelsea, so please don’t use that as the excuse.

Be honest & say that you wanted to play for a team with title hopes & a manager that knows what he’s doing.

Gooner1886

I think he’ll probably be reserve RWB behind Moses.

Sam

It’ll be interesting to see if Conte can turn him into a better player. He did that with Moses. Does lightning strike twice? Anyhow he’ll be back up for Moses, to start with at least. His head might explode at the defensive drill coaching of defensive work done by a top Italian coach!

Rosicky

Wenger on Oxlade-Chamberlain in July: “100 percent I expect him to stay. There will be no speculation. No matter what happens, he will stay.”

How do you trust a man like this anymore? He’s lost the dressing room, he’s lost his mind, he’s lost his plot.

$200m transfer kitty? This makes our net spend to be in PROFIT.

What a guy, what a club. Comical.

kaius

As fans this is very painful news, but sometimes we have to look at this through the eyes of a player.

As a graduate of Southampton’s academy a guy like Ox has two different role models he can follow. Leave Southampton, establish yourself at a Premier League Club and become an international player then stagnate, like Theo Walcott.

Or leave Southampton, establish yourself at a Premier League Club, become an international, then move again to test yourself against the best like Gareth Bale.

He might do well, he might fail. The bigger point is we haven’t achieved any of the sporting reasons we had for leaving Highbury. Not one. And now we can’t convince our most talented players to sign new contracts.

Mas_moiderer

One of the most sensible things I’ve read. Remember bale as a left back. New coach new ideas and the difference is there for the world to see. Thierry Henry got it spot on. Stagnation.

kaius

You could see that it hurt Henry to talk that way about the club. We should be the destination you where you come to test yourself against the best. Instead we’ve regressed and players are telling us that they see us a stepping stone club.

Voldermort

i dont blame the ox in the slightest, people have to realise very few players have the emotional attachment to a club in the way a fan does.
If i was the ox i would move and wouldn’t look back, we are fans and we have had enough of this crazy situation you can hardly blame a player for wanting to move on and get out of that madhouse.
more money, better chances of winning things, stable club with owners backing, recently proven manager… granted, shit fans but can’t have it all.

Loose_Cannon

This, well said

Deeman

Compulsive liar dont see how people still have respect for him cause he doesnt have any for the fans to tell them the truth

TC_42

Get out while you still can, Alex!

tdl

Those who want to, can leave with him.

Armchair Expert

It’s a good piece of business for us. But, I thought it was all about game time and position rather than money. If he really think that he is going to get more game time at Chelsea then good luck to him!

emob

Don’t kid yaourself, those were the “official” reyasons. He simply wanted to leave Arsenal because he saw his career stagnating and star players leaving.

An Ox-sized Coq

Good riddance. Will be nice to see him find out he’ll continue playing RWB at Chelsea.

Me2

I expect someone like you to say that to every player that leaves.
Until the point where there is no one at all at the club you can call half decent.
And that ridiculous yank creaming of us until there is nothing left…

An Ox-sized Coq

Actually I’d rather have him stay.

But combining that he turned down a new contract, clearly showed yesterday he doesn’t want to play for Arsenal anymore, along with Chelsea offering £35 million…I say go along Ox.

Doogal

Wenger’s attempts appease him by shoehorning him into the side at the expense of a balanced defensive line up looks even more desperate now. Cost us points.

Birdkamp

Content with the fee – Ospina needs a pay rise – but miffed if they turn him into a star. I thought his best spell was in 14-15 (?) when he was on the right, after Cazorla first moved into deep midfield. He was great at getting us up the pitch with the ball at his feet, and I thought he’d made his breakthrough. But then he got injured again.

goonerboy

WHY THE FUCK DID HE PLAY YESTERDAY

Runzac

Only downvoting you for the caps lock

Haydb

Be seeing you!

Samuel Peeps

Good money in the circumstances.

southpaw74

Great,, sell him to a rival team,, we got Chelsea 2nd game after the break,, what the betting he scores against us,, oh and get beat

Gooner Mac

The ox fucks at least 2/3 things he does. When it’s good it’s up there with the best but not consistent enough at this level and at his stage of his career

I never slag Wenger off but I can’t fucking get anything he is doing.

Frenchy

Great. Not far off being in profit for this transfer window. Stan laughing all the way to the bank yet again. SMH.

Zilhad

Well, Seri would cost excactly 35 million.
If that happens, I couldn’t care less about this one, especially given his behaviour in the last week.

Eric

He was a good player for us, but his memory will be ruined by a miserable ending both on and off the pitch.

Good news is we can put Bellerin back in his real position. Hopefully this money is put to good use before the window closes. COYG

Deano

Ox, Mustafi and Sanchez. You really don’t believe he is staying after that debacle yesterday!

Alexstratz

Goodbye useless cunt. Hope you fail.

Me2

And all the while you forget the “useless cunt” who brought him here and failed to identify where he would play most effectively – that “useless cunt” who paid all that money never knowing where to play him.
That “useless cunt” is the reason why we are where we are.
But as usual the players get attacked for it…

Alexstratz

How the fuck are the two mutually exclusive? Wenger can go and take his failed British core experiment for all I care.

Blahblahblah

The point is you get heavily criticised on here for calling the manager and “old man” much less for dropping the C bomb,I don’t blame OX at all,who’d want to play under THIS Wenger?,lacazette clearly said was shown an edited invincibles DVD and told it was last seasons review

Anthony

I’m of the opinion now that quite frankly, those who don’t want to play for Arsenal, should just be sold.

Yep, that includes Alexis and Ozil. Why? Because all it does is breed more negativity within the squad.

Similarly with the fringe players. I don’t care if we ‘make a loss’ on them anymore, I did at the start of the window, but seriously, get them off the books, so we can adequately bolster the squad.

Not sure why Mustafi is being sold, but in any case, shopping list right now:

Van Dijk, Seri, Lemar.

Forget about chasing pipe dreams like Mbappe.

Pick a bloody formation that plays the players we have in their strongest position, 442, 352, 3511 It really doesn’t matter just as long as the players on the pitch WANT to be on the pitch for Arsenal.

3 games in, 3/9 points on the board, let’s stop the rot now before it gets worse.

COYG!

Me2

This is not football manager.
This is a real world situation involving an utterly incompetent “manager”
Hell will freeze over before we sign anyone on transfer deadline on Thursday.
If I was going to put money on anything it would be him doing fuck all because that is all he ever does…
And Van Dijk, Seri and Lemar have far better options to chose from than the habitual bunch of gutless losers that are Arsenal.

Anthony

No your right, it’s not football manager, if it was his stats would not be this poor:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stats:

6 years at Arsenal
154 games MISSED through injury
132 played
9 goals
14 assists
23 chances created

Stuck on repeat...

Don’t know why people keep using goal stats for Ox. It wasn’t what he eas on the team do.

Welbecks goal stats (a striker by position) are far more worrying.

As are Ramseys, especially if you take out that one good season (which was years ago, & people who hate the ox will only say he played well in the last 10 games…Liverpool excluded).

Anthony

Even if you take away the goals scored, his games to chances or assists ratio is pretty terrible considering he has been playing out wide. For him to have been offered around 180k is incredible.

14 assists and 23 changes created in 132 games does not speak of a player who is changing games.

What it does suggest though is that if he could find consistency in his form that many of the chances he does create would turn into goals scored.

I’m disappointed the way this has turned out, I fully expect him to have a pretty solid career at Chelsea. The talk of wanting to be played as CM to me, is just a smokescreen. He’s not going to consistently play there for Chelsea – if at all – and frankly it’s been used to cover for a player who wants out.

Personally, I’d rather it was transparent that player X want out, rather than the protracted and quite frankly boring contract negotiations.

In order for us to compete we need to start being more ruthless regarding contracts and renewals.

Which means getting shot of players on our terms when they no longer want to play for us. Cash in and reinvest.

Dave

Anthony you miss the point. Replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Christiano Ronaldo and he would have the same stats. Ox ain’t the problem, its our shit show of a manager.

Progman07

Maybe we should just replace Wenger, before selling the whole squad.

Loose_Cannon

“Van Dijk, Seri, Lemar.” Agreed up until there, these players are also a pipe dream even though they shouldn’t be for a top club

Anthony

Those three are achievable for us, in the same way that Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette are, if they are deemed ‘too expensive’ then what were we doing right at the start of the window even suggesting someone like Mbappe would come to Arsenal?

The suggestion of Mbappe was not by the manager alone, but Pires and even Kylian’s father entertained the idea.

Loose_Cannon

Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette didn’t all come in one summer though, and the first two didn’t come in one where we’re such a total shambles

garrett

BEST DAMN SUMMER SALE SO FAR NEXT UP BELLERIN!

Deano

Somewhat a reversal of fortune with them two. Ox has been shit for years and had ten weeks of good football. Bellerin the other way round. Boy just needs a haircut!!

garrett

Ox didn’t do anyting to change my expectation ins the last 10 game either!

Chrispy

Not bothered anymore and he’ll struggle to get into that side. Look foward to him giving the ball away and making bad decisions for that bunch of turds

cagooner

I hope you are right. But i fear that under a good manager and coach he’ll end up fulfilling his potential and become the next Hazard.

Dino

Why do Wenger always like them to play even if they are transfer linked??? It happened with Nasri and now with Ox. I am sure there are other cases as well. It’s not like the manager had no other options. Is it another way for him to show that he is a player friendly manager? I’m baffled!

Tungor Adams

If the board was ready to look away from financial aspect in respect to players running down their contracts to support a final push for glory under AW, yesterday display will most likely result in a change to business 1st, selling any contract rebels and asking Wenger to work with the players that wants to stay. I can’t see any half rationale man willing to bet +120mil worth of assets on Wenger winning EPL or qualifying for ECL. If he makes it it would be fantastic, yet we better be prepared for the scenario that he might not.

Twatsloch

Good! I’d like to wish him well but I won’t. Won’t wish him Ill either but…meh. Just go and close the door on the way out!

Meh!

Meh!!!

Artro

I’ve never seen such passionate meh before!

Godfrey Twatsloch

Say what you like about Arsenal’s decline and the general malaise round the club but at least we can put passion into our meh’s.

cagooner

MEH!!!

Assistantref

Good riddance. The boss gets most of the blame for playing him but he downed tools yesterday in the most shameful way. Looks like he belongs at Chelski with an attitude like that.

cagooner

Err – Chelsea that won the league last year. And have won the league 4 times and CL once since we last won anything of merit. I hate the fuckers, but they have a lot more positive going for them with Conte right now than we do.

Andre

He did what he was paid to do during the time he was with us. Good luck with your future, son, but you could’ve done better on Sunday. Even c**tbag Nasri put it in a better shift in his last game in an Arsenal shirt, which also happened to be against Liverpool.

Gunnerinsearchoftruth
Gunnerinsearchoftruth

So many people are slagging this guy off but don’t remember last year during the crunch time at the end of the season he showed more fight than everyone else to win. I bet he comes back to slay us in the future.

He has the fight and drive, but needs a coach that will actually coach him. Watch how Conte and the guys at Chelsea mould him into a winner and we will be begging to have him back. It isn’t about money, he wants to win and has ambition about his career, which is more than you can say about the majority of our current team.

NYGunner92

He showed fight and was decent for 2-3 months out of 6 years? Now he thinks he is too good and he can just go?

Squiggle

But he’s not just going. He’s going for a large fee organised between the two clubs. He could just go when his contract runs out (and there’d be nothing wrong in that) but instead he’s moving for the fee Arsenal wanted. I’m sad to see the departure of someone so tied to the club but nothing immoral is going on.

He probably thinks he can develop better elsewhere. Perhaps that will be true, perhaps not.

odalgooner

Sad. But true.
Even better!
Lets wait and leave Reiss Nelson to rot for 4-5 years because he doesn’t get games, then play him once he’s lost his spark, keep him around for another 5 years because he’s “one of our own” and … meh. Can’t even bear to finish writing that.

Shitbird

Farewell Ox, we hardly knew ye. Which was part of the problem.

The Mustafi thing is mind-boggling though if true.

Alex james legend

Thanks for the 9 goals in 7years two of them in one game vs blackburn!

MrSweaty

If he doesn’t want to be here then he can piss off. Don’t want anyone at the club who ain’t willing to commit to the club. Rather have players who are willing to give everything than players who can’t be asked.

MTZ

Political play behind the scenes? Maybe Wenger used Ox yesterday in a last attempt to convince the board that he’s not someone we can sell to Chelsea? I’m grasping at straws here, because it seems insane not to play Kolasinac + Bellerin instead.

Locopsu

It boils down to Wengers ego and club cheap policy. Sell me all leave more money for next manager to build his own team.

garrett

Here was the difference in playing OX!
RVP WANTED MOVE TO MAN UTD – he scores goals he gets benched the whole process
OX – Wants 200k and a move to CHELSEA – he doesn’t score goals or contribute on either side of the ball continues to start! LOL
oh the madness behind this!

Javis

Fine with him going and the fee is great,but, and it’s a huge one is will we get players in..very doubtful

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