Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 'unlikely to sign new Arsenal contract'

Arsene Wenger has admitted he needs to get rid of players before he brings any more

Chelsea are said to be ready to test Arsenal's resolve with a £35m bid but Wenger is adamant that he will keep Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil despite their expiring contracts.

The 24-year-old midfielder is now in talks with Arsenal over a new contract but reports suggest he is unlikely to put pen to paper, paving the way for a move to another Premier League club.

The 24-year-old's current contract expires next summer and boss Arsene Wenger had hoped he would sign an extension with the club reportedly offering more than £100,000 per week.

It could be a decisive week in the future of England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger has also repeatedly insisted he wants the Ox to stay and that he sees him as the future of Arsenal, but there must be concern at the club's inability to secure his future.

"I rate him highly and he's one of the players who is on his way up".

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with summer moves to Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. At wing-back, I'd put him as Arsenal's outstanding player. Or does he want to play in a more advanced area in behind a main striker?

"Then it comes down to the amount of money that he's being offered, does he feel he's been offered less than some of the other players in the team but he feels as important as them?"

'Since the end of last season his performances have been a very high level. "He's definitely a player Arsenal need to keep".

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