Wenger: Ox exit opens door for Nelson & Willock


Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool will open the door for youngsters at Arsenal to make a first team breakthrough this season.

Despite failing to persuade the England international to stay at the Emirates, the boss says he wishes the midfielder all the best for the future after selling him for £40 million on transfer deadline day.

Putting a positive spin on the situation, the boss highlighted the opportunities that will now afforded to Reiss Nelson and Jo Willock in the season ahead.

The manager was asked if he thought Oxlade-Chamberlain had made a mistake in leaving the club, and said, “I wouldn’t call it like that, we wish him and wish him all the best and we’re thankful for what he’s done here.

“At the end of the day you make decisions, you choose one or the other one, we had to sell somebody.

“Overall, I believe that we are today in a strong financial situation as always, and we have a good enough squad to compete, and the fact doesn’t take anything away from the quality of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is a great player.

“But sometimes it opens the door for younger players like Nelson or Willock, or players who are in behind and get an opportunity that they wouldn’t get.”

When pressed on what exactly the Ox said to him in the meeting before his sale, Wenger refused to be drawn.

“There are still some secrets that have be respected, those are the conversations between players and managers,” he said.


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