London franchise, Arsenal are strong contenders for the Barclays Premier League this season but have had some problems in the squad this season.

They have now failed to score in 5 of their last eight games in all competitions including the home game against Barcelona in the Champions league which made their season even tougher.

With lack of goals a problem for Wenger, scoring more than 2 might not be easy at the Camp Nou which now leaves the FA Cup and the League title the only possibility of silverware this season.

The next season in the Premier League is going to be huge with top class managers all around and Wenger does not want any under-performers in the squad.

It is reported that the Gunners are ready to listen to offers for mid-fielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer after the 22-year old is deemed to have not made enough progress in his time at the Emirates.

Chamberlain moved to Arsenal from Southampton as a 17-year old for £12 million and has ever since made 149 senior appearances up to date for the London franchise.

In this time, the mid-fielder also broke into Roy Hodgson’s nation team but Wenger is understood to be unhappy with the players career at the club and is ready to offload him if they can cover their initial investment in him.

Last summer Chelsea made a move for the player amidst the Petr Cech negotiations but the Gunners stood firm and did not want to part ways with the 22-year old.

However, this season, Chamberlain has missed up to six weeks due to knee injury and has not been able to dazzle his team to glory.

As for the injury Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained during Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona, in which he missed Arsenal’s best chance, Wenger said: “He is devastated. Let’s hope that we get good news [after it is assessed] that it’s only two or three weeks, not six or seven.”

This has now led to the manager wanting to sell the 22-year old who is understood to be priced at around 15 million euros.

With his experience and technical ability, he will surely alert a lot of clubs including some away from England. It will be interesting to see where the England international will be playing come the start of the next season.

Arsenal also released their financial half-year results yesterday, for the six months to  30 November 2015. Their turnover continued to increase, up to £158m from £148.5m, built mainly on Champions League broadcasting revenue and commercial partnerships. Although Arsenal Holdings recorded an overall loss after tax of £3.4m, its cash reserves still stand at £135.9m.

 

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