New Alex Deal Key to Arsenal’s Future – CR
News this week that Gunners boss, Arsené Wenger, is drawing up a new contract for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should excite Arsenal fans, who have witnessed a string of players leave over contract disputes in recent years.
Oxlade-Chamberlain may be young but his career at Arsenal has gone better than most would have predicted, and he rightfully earned a call-up for the England squad for Euro 2012 this summer.
Despite having four years left on his current deal, it is evident that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s status at the club has risen since Wenger brought him through the Emirates doors just 12 months ago.
The winger made 26 appearances in a Gunners shirt last season and was an immediate hit with fans placing a bet on sports, scoring in the Champions League against Olympiacos on his second ever start.
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Roy Hodgson’s faith in the winger paid off at Euro 2012, with an impressive display against France; this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has already showed a continuation of his form, against Liverpool.
He told the press:
I am here to play for England this week
That is the only thing I am concentrating on. But if Arsenal want to sit down and talk about that [contract], it is really good because I am loving my time there.
I really enjoy playing for them and am planning on being there for a while.
A new contract is the very least Wenger can offer this young talent, and hopefully it will prevent Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving in years to come. Arsenal have suffered from players using their contracts to force a way out of the club in recent seasons.
Mathieu Flamini walked away in 2008, after four progressive years at the club; Samir Nasri played mercenary to earn his move to Man City last August, while Robin van Persie also departed with one year left on his deal.
Wenger has never properly replaced Flamini – who was earmarked as the next Vieira or Gilberto – and time will tell whether or not RvP’s departure will hamper the club’s progress in the Barclays Premier League.
In securing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-term future, the hope is that Wenger can avoid the same mistakes that have cost Arsenal so dearly in the past.