Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain frustrated and bemused as Arsenal claim new contract talks are underway

Arsenal have yet to make a move to start contract negotiations with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed last week that talks had begun with Oxlade-Chamberlain and his representatives.

But Mirror Sport understands no approach has been made and that Wenger’s comments came as a surprise.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has 18 months left on his current deal, has completed just one 90 minutes of football this season despite scoring six goals and providing six assists.

The 23-year-old England midfielder is having his best season at Arsenal and only Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez have scored more goals for the club than him this term.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing frustrated at not being given the chance to nail down a regular place in the starting line-up and get regular game time.

Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright highlighted the issue this weekend and said Oxlade-Chamberlain is annoyed at constantly being substituted, as he was again on Saturday with 20 minutes to go against Stoke.

There were big-name suitors last summer – including Manchester City – and more European superpowers have made their interest known with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract running down.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is hugely popular with the Arsenal fans since being signed from Southampton in 2011 but is now facing a crunch time in his future.
It must also be seen as a worry that the Gunners are allowing more players to run down their deals, with Ozil and Sanchez both into the final two years of their contracts.

Arsenal are keen to tie down Ozil to a £200,000-a-week deal and remain hopeful on that front.

Sanchez’s stand-off is more of a concern as his representatives are using a £400,000-a-week offer from China as a bargaining tool.

The club are also keen to trigger extensions for Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker.

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