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Another transfer window another disappointing business under manager Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman have failed to strengthen the squad having finished fifth last summer to miss out in this season’s Champions League.
Arsenal lost some key stars, the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain exited the club and we were close to losing Alexis Sanchez on transfer deadline day to Manchester City.
Wenger has been slammed by fans claiming he didn’t do much to strengthen the team having finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
According to BBC journalist David Orntein, Arsene Wenger was not at all happy when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it clear he wanted to leave Arsenal.
The 24-year-old midfielder ended up signing for Liverpool on transfer deadline day last week after relentless speculation about his future at The Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had only 12 months left on his old contract at The Emirates and the player himself had made it clear that he was not going to sign a new deal.
Reporter Ornstein claims that Arsenal offered Oxlade-Chamberlain a new contract worth up to £180,000 a week but the midfielder snubbed the offer in favour of a transfer to Liverpool which will see him earn around £125,000 a week.
Ornstein wrote on Twitter: “Given Ozil generated little interest, Sanchez could only go if Arsenal got huge money plays a top quality replacement, and it was inconceivable to lose three key players on free transfers next summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain was always the most realistic sale.
“Nonetheless, Wenger genuinely wanted and tried to keep the trio.
“He was stunned and bitterly disappointed when Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected the club’s final offer (an enormous pay rise that would have earned him close to £180,000 per week if Arsenal had made it back into the Champions League) and I’m told Wenger did not hold back when Oxlade-Chamberlain told him face-to-face that he wanted to move.”
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