Wenger hopes Ox exit gives two Arsenal players a chance

Date published: Thursday 7th September 2017 11:10 - Matthew Stead

Arsene Wenger hopes that selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gives two particular Arsenal players “an opportunity” to play.

Arsenal sold Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for £35million on transfer deadline day after previously hoping to keep the England international.

Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a new deal at the club however, and an insipid final appearance for the Gunners in the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool convinced Wenger to sell.

The Arsenal manager hopes that wingers Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, both 17, will now feature more often in the first team.

“We wish him well and all the best,” Wenger said of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“At the end of the day, you make decisions and we had to sell somebody.

“Overall, I feel that we are in a strong financial situation today and have a good enough squad to compete.

“I think he is a great player but sometimes it opens the door for Nelson or Willock to get an opportunity.

“I cannot come out with every single conversation I have with the players.

“The talks between the player and manager is secret.”

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