Wenger worst nightmare may have been realized as the transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks inevitable.
A decision will be made in the next 24hrs by which time Chamberlain will be informed of the club decision.
The player refused the offer of £180k per week, which would have seen him become the 2nd highest paid at Arsenal after Alexandre Lacazette who is on £200k, at least pending the outcome of the Saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Chelsea and Liverpool are now competing for his services with firm intentions to buy him, this means both clubs are aware that the chances of Arsenal selling him before the end of the transfer window are now very high.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Oxlade Chamberlain are in the last year of their contracts, while there are no suitors for Ozil, Sanchez and Oxlade Chamberlain have seen serious offers, with less than a week remaining before the window shut, the two players are now very keen to push for an exit.
Wenger stopped short of confirming a meeting took place to iron out Chamberlain future at his Liverpool press conference, that has not stopped speculations to continue to swell around him.
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Arsenal desire to hold on to Chamberlain is somewhat surprising considering that he is largely a squad player, playing a considerable amount of his games from the bench.
Like Theo Walcott, Chamberlain has been with Arsenal for quite sometimes and his performance level does not justify the hike in wage he is demanding. The sudden surge of interest from other clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool may be related to the new rule that mandates every club to have a minimum of eight homegrown players in their 25-man team.
Arsenal, on the other hand, may be thinking that Chamberlain is just one of a handful of homegrown players that can make some contributions, as there is not a lot of them that can command a first 11 start week in week out.
On the commercial side of it, if Arsenal hold on to him and he refused to extend his contract, he will be walking away free and may be very unhappy during his last year which can bring negative vibes and adversely affect the team spirit.
The implication of these factors, when considered by the club, could mean no other than to sell him.