‘Vital’. That’s the word Arsene Wenger used, talking about how important it is for Arsenal to keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of the almost half a dozen players whose contract runs out at the end of next season.
I personally think it is vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal. We bought him when he was very young, we have built him up and I think he has a great mentality
the French manager told reporters, making no effort to hide how much he appreciates the 23-year-old as a player, and how important he believes he could be at Arsenal for years to come.
I like his mentality and he has a good football brain. It would be a big damage for us to lose this kind of player
Wenger said. It’s not just Oxlade-Chamberlain though. Other young players at Arsenal are left with just one year of contract, and the French manager cleared out that soon after the end of this season everything will have been arranged.
It will be done this year. We can’t let players go into the final year of their deals. Things will get sorted out during the summer. We have a group of young English players. We need to make decisions on Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs this summer and manage to keep them together
Wenger, whose future is yet to be decided as well, said in a Press conference.