The future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains up the air, as further reports about his reluctance to sign a new deal have emerged.
In the Mirror John Cross says that the 24 year old has told Arsene Wenger face to face that he is not going to accept a new deal from the club, and the issue is about playing time and position rather than money.
Another journalist on the Arsenal beat, Jeremy Wilson, writes in the Telegraph that the England international is ‘unlikely’ to agree a new contract, again citing his desire to play in central midfield as the key issue.
The Telegraph report, and a Sky Sports story this evening, say that further talks are planned this week to try and find a solution, but it looks increasingly likely that he will refuse any Arsenal offers.
This gives the club a serious decision to make ahead of the transfer window closing next Thursday night. Do they hang onto him and lose him on a free next summer, or cash in now?
The identical contractual situations of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez may also play a part, and it’s believed both Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.