Wenger explains decision to agree £35m transfer move for 24-year-old

Arsene Wenger has finally given an explanation for one his controversial decisions in the transfer market during the summer.

The Arsenal manager has gotten used to receiving criticism from fans and pundits after witnessing his side struggle to maintain a push for the title yet again this season.

Many believe the Gunners’ continued lack of success in the Premier league is down to Wenger’s choices in the transfer market which included the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liveprool back in August.

But ahead of Friday’s clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Arsenal manager has revealed he was rather left with no choice but to agree a transfer move worth £35m to make a profit over the sale of the 24-year-old who was unwilling to renew his contract.

“He had one year to go,” the Arsenal manager said “At the start of the season we had four players with one year to go.

“I wanted him to extend his contract, yes. He decided to go. We respect that but at the end of the day, I decided to sell.

“We respect his decision and that’s absolutely normal and I have no problem with that.

“What’s important is that the players make a good career, preferably in your club. If it doesn’t happen, you still want them to have a good career.”

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