Gunners and England star has emerged as a Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool target this summer
In fact, the Arsenal boss insists he wants the 24-year-old to remain at the Emirates “for a long time.”
Arsene Wenger wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay with Arsenal
The Ox is said to be demanding £150,000 a week
And that after a summer of debate as to whether it was time for the England winger to move on.
Champions Chelsea seemed very keen for a while. And Manchester United and Liverpool both made enquiries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to agree a new contract with the Gunners. His current deal running until the end of the season.
But Wenger reaffirmed his admiration for the former Southampton player when he said:
“I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up.
“In the last year, he has made huge progress and I want him to stay here for a long time.
“I’m convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years.”
Goal had previously claimed the Gunners were stunned by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s salary demands and are not prepared to sanction a new £150,000-a-week contract.
The Belgian scored twice against West Ham on Sunday to put an immediate market down in the Golden Boot race.
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But it seems Wenger can see a way through that problem in inviting the The Ox, who cost £12million from Saints in 2011, to stay.
It has to be said, though, that Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a chequered career at the Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain battles for possession with Leicester’s Riyad Mhrez
Celeb couple Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards play crazy golf
The Arsenal winger made his 66th Premier League start against the Foxes; 64 of his first-team appearances have been as a substitute
He has only started 66 Premier League games, having been named on the bench 64 times.
Along with that record The Ox has nine top flight goals and another 11 in 47 starts in other competitions.