Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to sign a new contract and says the winger has a ‘responsibility’ to the club.
The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has informed the club’s heriachy that he has no plans on signing fresh terms.
Chelsea are interested in signing the England international but had their opening bid of £25million rejected by Arsenal.
Wenger signed Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £15million deal when the winger was just 17 at Southampton.
And Wenger says players like Oxlade-Chamberlain have a ‘responsiblity’ to the club and says the team can be built around him if he stays.
‘I want him to stay,’ said Wenger.
‘He is one of the players the team needs to be built around. I want him to commit to the club.
‘I want to keep my best players. I want to keep everyone on board We invested a lot of time and money in players like Alex.
‘For me they have a responsibility. to the club. I am highly determined to keep him.’
Chelsea are expected to submit an improved bid for the winger this week and are willing to stretch to £35m.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s representatives are due to meet with Arsenal officials this week and if there’s no progress in contract talks then the Gunners may sanction his departure.
Should the club block his move, they face losing Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free next summer.