Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that unsettled midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be leaving the Emirates Stadium in this summer’s window.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with a £35m move for the England international, who will be out of contract at Arsenal next summer.
Oxlade-Chamberlain started Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester City last week, although it is understood that the former Southampton youngster is refusing to sign a new contract with the Gunners.
It had been thought that the 24-year-old would move on before the end of the month, but Wenger has vowed to keep hold of Oxlade-Chamberlain for the foreseeable future.
In quotes carried by Arsenal’s official website, Wenger told reporters:
“Personally, because I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up. In the last year, he has made huge progress and I want him to stay here for a long time.
“I’m convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years. I have regular conversations with the players where I tell them where I stand and they know what I want and where I stand on that front.”
Arsenal will look to make it six points from an available six at the start of the new season when they travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke City this weekend.
Should Oxlade-Chamberlain feature, it would be his 196th appearance for Arsenal since moving to the London club from Southampton in the summer of 2011.