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Arsenal Transfer News: Stunning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Contract Rumours

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14 :  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly chasing a new contract with the club which would see him double his weekly salary to £100,000.

That’s according to Tony Hughes of Football Insider, who writes the England international wants a package that will see him take home as much as Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. 

Hughes also claims Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have been keeping tabs on the player’s situation at the Emirates Stadium.

“Arsenal are ready to hand the attacking midfielder a hefty rise on his current deal, which is worth £52,000-a-week,” wrote Hughes. “But they will stop short of offering the player a deal that will double his wages and lift him on a par with the second bracket of earners at Emirates Stadium.”

The player’s current contract with the Gunners runs until the summer of 2018.

The midfielder has never quite kicked on since joining Arsenal.
The midfielder has never quite kicked on since joining Arsenal.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly finds himself in an intriguing position at Arsenal. Few would deny the talent which the 22-year-old possesses, but he’s very much a peripheral figure in the Gunners squad, having started just nine Premier League games this season.

However, Chris Moore of World Soccer Talk thinks that the England international has had sufficient chances to prove his worth:

Indeed, the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Walcott and Santi Cazorla have been injured for spells this term, and Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t nailed down a spot in the starting XI.

With his energy, dynamism and quality on the ball, he has enough quality to force his way into the Arsenal side.

However, the drive and determination doesn’t quite seem there yet; Oxlade-Chamberlain comes across as an amicable and articulate man off the field, but on it he needs to have more fire in his belly to make it at Arsenal.

Chamberlain needs to do more to impress the manager.
Chamberlain needs to do more to impress the manager.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

As noted by the Match Of The Day Twitter feed, Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to show more on a consistent basis away from the Emirates Stadium too:

Players like Koscielny and Walcott are more regular contributors to the first team than the 22-year-old, meaning they can justify such a lucrative salary.

At the moment, Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t quite so key to the club’s fortunes, and subsequently, it’s understandable that they may consider holding off on doubling his pay.

Of course, the club will want to keep the player on board and will still preserve high hopes for him. But it’s getting to the point where Oxlade-Chamberlain can no longer be viewed as a great prospect and needs to be making an impression regularly in Premier League games.

Do that when his chances come around and the Gunners will surely be happy to pay him the kind of numbers aforementioned.

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