Arsene Wenger admitted he was surprised to hear about reports that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted to quit Arsenal this summer – saying he believes the player has been given a chance.
Thursday’s Paper Talk suggested Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of three big-name stars who wanted to quit the Gunners this summer, but Wenger insists the player knows how valued he is.
“I haven’t seen that,” Wenger told a press conference on Thursday morning.
“I am surprised. I believe that he has developed well and has been given his chance.
“I rate him highly and I have showed that how I kept faith with him when he was injured.
“I hope he stays here. He is a very promising player. He looks to have the values we want at this club.”
Wenger was then asked to substantiate claims from Theo Walcott that Alexis Sanchez and Wenger had fallen out prior to the defeat at Liverpool.
Walcott had said: “The manager has been taking a lot of flak in recent weeks and us players have been accepting it, but we can’t.
“Things get taken out of proportion – we all knoware certain things that happen at training grounds.
“I’m sure it happens at every other training ground, most of the time, really.
“You don’t see it often at Arsenal. Things have happened. They need to stay in the dressing room and the players and staff need to sort it out. We are in it together here. We can’t be fighting each other.”
And when asked for his comments on Walcott’s claims, Wenger added: “A lot has been said.
“We have a good united and determined group.
“When you go through disappointing results, you have disagreements.
“We can show how united we are. On that front, I don’t worry.”