Arsene Wenger says he wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club for 10 more years, with the midfielder out of contract next summer.
The Arsenal boss has admitted recently Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departure would cause “big damage” to the Gunners and has now reiterated his desire to keep him at the club.
Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted at the start of the season he could be tempted to move away if he were not playing regular football but has made 22 starts this season in all competitions.
Liverpool and Manchester United have both been linked with a move for the England international but Wenger believes his future is in north London.
“I want him to be part of Arsenal Football Club for the next 10 years,” he said via The Telegraph.
“He is a big player and we live in a world where agents are linked to the press and can always have a tactic to make the whole package come up.
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“But at the end of the day it all comes down to ‘do you want to be part of that? Do you meet your needs and what is important in your football life here or not?’
“What has changed compared to 20, 30 years ago, no matter where you sign today, you will make money.
“He looks like he is on an upward curve. He has had little problems always, but now he’s getting a little stability and more freedom to play.”
Wenger is also keen for the club to have a strong British core in order to maintain the identity of the club in the future.
“Yes, of course [I would love to have a core of British players],” he added.
“But what I love above a passport are players who integrate the values of the club. That is the most important. And they have to be ready to defend these values.
“It’s more natural for local players because they have been educated in Arsenal – players like Ramsey, Chamberlain. They have to take charge of the future of the club.
“They should lead and take responsibility to say: ‘Yes, that is how we want to behave, this is how we want to play, let’s go together’.
“A lot is said about my future but my future is more important in the value and spirit of what we have built in 20 years than my own person.
“These guys have to take charge of what we have built and the values of the club. We are a club that are admired for that.”