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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now looks determined to quit Arsenal this summer, or leave for free next, but shouldn’t the English man consider what he owes Arsenal after an injury-plagued six-years in London?..
With just one year left on his contract, many agreed that the Ox had a right to feel frustrated by his position at Arsenal. Now, as Arsenal throw obscene contract offers at him, the latest news claims he’s been offered £180k-per-week, it’s hard to have much sympathy for a player who has been inconsistent, injury prone, and ineffective, as he holds out his hands for even more money that’s simply not deserved.
Something the player and his agent would be well served remembering is that this is a 24-year-old player who arrived at Arsenal six years ago for £12m, a substantial sum for a teenager, then if it isn’t now.
During those six years, the Ox has suffered 11 different injuries, ruling him out of a total of 154 games. Arsenal could perhaps be forgiven for wanting to see if he would recover from the two knee injuries that ruined 2016 for him before throwing hundreds of thousands per week at him.
My opinion on the Ox has changed substantially this summer. I liked the Ox. A lot. Not only is he a talented and hard-working player, he’s also seemed to be someone who genuinely held affection for Arsenal.
But as I watch him decline contract after contract for no good reason other than greed, I do think that his camp need to wind their necks in. Arsenal have paid him handsomely for six years while he was too crippled to play. When he’s fit, he gets games. This isn’t about starting time, or position, or trophies. This is all about money.
A little bit of appreciation for the club that stood by him would be nice rather than a host of leaks linking him with every club under the sun.
His camp might be annoyed at how Arsenal have treated contract negotiations until this point, but I’m sure Arsenal aren’t best pleased that the Ox has missed what amounts to FOUR full Premier League seasons worth of games in the six years he’s been at the club, either.
Had it not been for Arsene Wenger, it’s unlikely he’d even be at a club like Arsenal given his injury problems.
Loyalty isn’t a one way street, you know…