Most on here know that I am not the biggest fan of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, known by many as the ‘Ox’ – not because he is strong and determined, a beast on the pitch, but because they cannot be bothered to spell his full name (and I am one of them). I am generally a philosophical guy when it comes to liking our young players, but I never liked AOC. Cesc moving to Barcelona hurt but I could understand the need to return home after having been away from such a young age. Nasri moving to Citeh irritated me but at least he was clear on what motivated him in life, and the rest is history (what a waste of talent).
The thing with AOC is that he never did anything for us except scoring that one and only goal against the Chavs that allowed Wenger to finally triumph over the self-adoring dunghead. Wenger has been sooo loyal to him and let good players go to allow him time on the pitch and develop into a quality player. Despite the fact that he is starting to do a bit better in terms of goals and assist for the team, he has still a long way to go. Nine goals in 130 PL appearances is nothing to write home about. In the meantime, he filled his pockets and now he wants to cash in properly.
You can only imagine that he would bite Wenger’s hand off for a new contract, let alone one reported to be around £180k per week. It makes me cry thinking that we let the likes of Gervinho and Campbell go, hard working and far more effective wing-players, to keep the raw, English (here’s a clue and a half) talent of AOC develop at the home of football.
Personally, I would like to see him sold for as much money as possible. This boy, Half-Man, is trouble, has the wrong attitude and should not be wearing the shirt one more minute.
But I feel sorry for Wenger who put so much time and effort, money and believe in the self-centred fool. This is what Arsene said on Arsenal.com:
“I think we invested a lot of time, confidence and money on players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who we bought at a young age. For me, they have a responsibility for the future of this club because Alex will be one of the big English players in the coming years. I personally am highly determined to keep him here at the club and I hope he will commit.”
Wenger is right about one thing: AOC has ‘a responsibility’. That is what you got to do, Ox: commit. Show some bloody loyalty and respect.
It won’t happen, we all know that. It is now a matter of getting as much money as possible for him and hopefully sell him to a club abroad (cause I really don’t want to see him week in week out looking pleased with himself. He is not worth keeping, believe me.