Arsene Wenger has maintained his stand that he wants to keep midfielder – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Arsenal.

The player has about 18 months left on his current contract and despite Wenger saying the club has begun negotiation on an extension with the player, there are reports that is not the case.

Speaking to journalists ahead of Arsenal’s face-off with Everton, Wenger said, “I want Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club, I bought him at a very young age and think he is developing well.

“This season he is making steps and moving forward. Overall we have invested so much time and work in the player.

“The player loves it here, he is integrated and has the qualities we want him to have. We want him to stay.”

On reports that the player is frustrated at being substituted almost every time, Wenger said, “We are a squad of 25 people, some managers want even more changes in the game. It’s a position where the physical demands are most important and one that is subject more to being changed than a central defender.

“In some positions the changes are more frequent. The position has demands that are higher than any other on the flanks – you have to be up and down, dangerous going forward.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain is much more efficient going forward now. He provided a good final ball for Ozil [for his goal against Stoke City] on Saturday and can score goals himself, that’s what you want from him.”


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