Will a mentor’s pressure, big dough, and a bit of guilt keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from an embarrassing switch from one London rival to another?
The Telegraph reports that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are willing to sanction a $237,000-per-week pay packet for Oxlade-Chamberlain if the player is willing to turn down what could be a $45 million transfer to Chelsea.
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Arsenal signed Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton when he was 17, and “The Ox” has made 196 appearances for the Gunners. His goal total is 20.
Manager Arsene Wenger has also told Oxlade-Chamberlain that he has a “responsibility” to Arsenal after being nurtured by the club since joining from Southampton at the age of 17 and said that he was now ready to become one of the main pillars of the team.
The reports claim Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to shoot down that offer in order to skip over to Stamford Bridge. Oxlade-Chamberlain would be Arsenal’s second-highest paid player (at least until Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, or their replacements sign new deals).