Arsenal star to anger his boss by choosing to join England’s U21 squad

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed his intentions to take part in the Euro U21 championships during the summer, much to the concern of Arsene Wenger who wants him to rest, Daily Star reports.

The 21-year-old declared to the U21 manager Gareth Southgate that he would be open to being dropped from the senior squad to help the young Three Lions squad in the European Championships.

“Yes, you’d never turn your nose up at something like that.

“It’s a good thing that people aren’t being held back to play in the senior side if the manager thinks they’re ready. At the same time I do think we take our under-21s seriously.

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“So it’s up to Roy Hodgson to decide. There’s a lot of players in the England squad at the moment that could drop back down and play for the under-21s so it’s up to the manager to decide.

“I don’t know the dates. When that time comes around I’ll have to think about it.”

Wenger however, doesn’t agree with this as he stated that Oxlade-Chamberalain should stay with the senior squad and take a rest during the summer like everybody else.

“Once a guy has moved up to the full national team, if you put him [back] down he is never good,” said Wenger.

“On the selfish front for us, when a guy has played 50 games, it is better he has a good rest during the summer.”