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Ox Departure Opens The Door - Wenger

Ox Departure Opens The Door - Wenger

The sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool from Arsenal on deadline day also featured in Arsene Wenger's press conference this week.

Having turned down an improved contract reportedly worth in the £180,000 region, Ox signed on at Liverpool for £35million and he was the clubs' high profile departure this summer.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week, Wenger explained that whilst he was always hopeful that Oxlade-Chamberlain would remain with us and sign a new deal, ultimately his departure opens the door for further development of Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, who both have a greater chance of staking a claim for a first team spot now he's moved on.

Having joined from Southampton back in August 2011 for a reported £12million, Oxlade-Chamberlain had six years at the club making a total of 115 starts, with a further 83 appearances from the bench and he saw a return of 20 goals in that time.

'I wish him well and I wish him all the best, you know, and I am thankful for what he has done here. At the end of the day, you make decisions that you choose one or the other one. We had to sell somebody and overall I believe that we are today in a strong financial situation as always and we have a good enough squad to compete.'

He went on to say.

'That doesn`t take away any of the quality of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, I think he is a great player but sometimes it opens the door for some younger players like Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock, or players who are in behind and get an opportunity that they wouldn`t get.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday September 8 2017
Time: 9:40AM

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