Arsene Wenger has responded to claims Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave Arsenal this summer.
The midfielder has reportedly come to the decision on his future and is believed to have attracted interest from Liverpool and both Manchester clubs.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract expires at the end of next season and he has spoken out previously about becoming frustrated by a lack of game time.
The 23-year-old has been one of Arsenal’s best performers in recent games and Wenger says he is keen to keep him at the club.
“I haven’t seen that [rumours of Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving]. I’m surprised by that because I believe that he has been developed well, he is developing well at the moment and he has been given his chance,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“When you are somewhere, you have to want to be there first. After that, the only thing I can say is that personally I rate him highly.
- [Player ratings] Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Auba and Saka sweep aside Magpies
- Images posted finally confirm what all Arsenal fans have expected
- [Team news] Arsenal line up vs Newcastle – Huge Tierney injury news
“I showed that in the way I keep faith in him when he spent long times out injured. He’s developing very well at the moment.
“I personally wish that he stays at the club, because I think he’s a very promising player who has developed very well and who looks to me to have the values that we rate at this club.”
Wenger may rate Oxlade-Chamberlain highly but the 23-year-old has made only 11 Premier League starts this season and may need more convincing he has a big role to play if he is to remain with the Gunners.