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Arsenal to tell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if he can leave after he turns down new deal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United on May 7, 2017
Image: Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea and Liverpool look set to battle it out to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he turned down a new £180k-a-week deal at Arsenal, according to Sky sources.

Arsene Wenger held talks with the England midfielder on Thursday in a final attempt to persuade him to stay at the Emirates.

Sky Sports News understands Wenger will tell the player and his representatives in the next 24 hours whether he will allow him to leave before the window closes next week - or let him see out the final year of his contract at the club.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal speaks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal during The Emirates FA Cup Final
Image: Arsene Wenger held talks with Oxlade-Chamberlain on Thursday

Oxlade-Chamberlain, capped 27 times by England, sees his future elsewhere, with Chelsea and Liverpool understood to be waiting in the wings, ready to tempt Arsenal with an offer well beyond the £30m offered by Chelsea earlier this month.

The player, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, is known to be unhappy playing as a wing-back, preferring a central or wide midfield role.

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (second left)celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the Premier League match a
Image: Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal in 2011

Wenger will be desperate not to sell to a Premier League rival but Arsenal will struggle to afford letting a prized asset leave for free next summer, especially with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in similar positions at the club.

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