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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not look like he would be leaving Arsenal for Liverpool anytime soon, as he helped the Gunners to a 2-0 triumph over Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium.
The 23-year-old, who is believed to have refused an offer of contract extension at Arsenal, put up a good show after coming on as a substitute in the 68th minute, to the delight of the fans.
Many Arsenal fans are hoping the club will be able to hold him down to a new contract and his industrious performances are the reasons why.
It wasn’t just fans on social media making noise about their desire to keep the Ox either…
It was intimated during Arsenal.com’s commentary that the midfielder had been working hard in pre-season and looked like a player ready to shine for the Gunners, rather than looking to leave for a new club, which suggests Arsenal could yet find a solution to the situation.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract at the Emirates has 12 months left before it expires and is a £25m transfer target for Liverpool. However, Arsene Wenger has made it clear he wants the 23-year-old at the club by his inclusion in the pre-season squad so it’s unlikely he’ll be granted a move this summer – nor is he playing like he wants one.