With the NeverEnding Stories of Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk taking precedent in the minds of most Liverpool supporters, it is easy to forget about another player heavily linked to the Reds: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, along with teammate Alexis Sanchez, are both entering the final year of their contracts with the London club, and as of now neither seem to be willing to extend their contracts. For the former, a move to the red half of Merseyside has been heavily rumored, and for the latter the same can be said about a move to the sky blue half of Manchester (grumble grumble insert whine about wanting to be in London).
However, according to reports from the Daily Star, Arsenal are unwilling to sell either player to any Premier League rivals, instead choosing to let their contracts wind down, potentially losing them on a free next summer. It is a tactic that Liverpool are currently employing with Emre Can in the hopes of persuading him to sign on to a new contract.
Although Oxlade-Chamberlain would certainly help improve depth, and very well could be a welcome addition to the likes of Salah, Keita, and van Dijk, it is hard to see how he would improve Liverpool’s first team (or indeed, how he would get more playing time with the Reds than he did last season for Arsenal). So even if Arsenal are refusing to sell, this does not seem like the kind of thing that would deal a real blow to our summer’s transfer ambitions.
Meanwhile, we’ll go back to looking skyward, hoping to see Keita and van Dijk carried in to Melwood by Falkor, or perhaps a more modern type of transportation. But preferably Falkor. I think we deserve that.