Arsene Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a responsibility to stay at Arsenal and to carry on the club’s values given the time, money and confidence that has been invested in him.
The England international is in the final 11 months of his contract at Arsenal and has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Liverpool having so far refused to sign a new deal.
Speaking about the situation ahead of a meeting with the player today, the boss reiterated his desire to keep hold of all his players and particularly the Ox, who he thinks will be one of England’s best players.
“We have our agendas that are quite busy but we do not publish them,” replied Wenger when asked about a meeting with the 24-year-old that has been leaked to the press.
“Some people outside the club look better informed than I am. I don’t know really. My secretary has my diary, my agenda, I’ll check what I have to do today.”
He continued: “I want Alex to stay at the club and to be one of the big players of the future of this club. He’s one of the players this team needs to be built around in the future.
“Personally, I want him to commit to the club and to be one of the carriers of the values of our team.”
Wenger refused to be drawn on whether a bid had been lodged for Chamberlain from rival clubs, but he did reiterate why he thinks the midfielder should sign a new deal.
“I want to keep my best players, I just told you. I have only one target and that’s to keep everybody on board. We invested a lot of time and confidence and money in players like Alex Chamberlain who we bought at a young age.
“For me, they have a responsibility for the future of this club. Alex Chamberlain will be one of the big English players in the coming years and I personally am highly determined to keep him here at the club. I hope he will commit.”