Arsenal’s £35m Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain decision pays off when Edu was given a blueprint for a successful sale

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal in 2017 for a club-record sale in the region of £35m to Liverpool amid interest from Chelsea. Despite winning both the Premier League and the Champions League, the former Gunners player signed by Southampton as a teenager will see his time at Anfield end this summer.

This is according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the former Arsenal man will be able to leave on a free transfer this summer. Injury problems have prevented him from progressing at the team he dreamed of playing for and that fueled the reasons behind turning down a contract extension in north London as well as a move to Stamford Bridge.

The sale, despite his Merseyside medals, has been a huge success at Arsenal. Along with Alex Iwobi, Arsenal have seen two young players sold for over £30m, and yet neither have regretted the decision.

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Looking at Arsenal’s midfield and forward line, none would come close to the current starters who have helped return the club to top level and the Premier League title race this season. Newly promoted sporting director Edu arrived two years after Oxlade-Chamberlain left and, despite being in his technical director role when Iwobi was sold, has only made one major sale since Raul Sanllehi left as boss. soccer.

Edu managed to reach an agreement with Newcastle for the sale of Joe Willock which could amount to £25m. He also agreed to a move for goalkeeper Emi Martinez, who had played very little senior football for Arsenal, earning the club around £17m when he joined Aston Villa.

Aside from Willock, no other player’s sales have reached double digits thus far. In the summer of 2023, Nicolas Pepe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares and Nuno Tavares could all move on and will be a test for Edu to try to maximize the financial benefit behind possible departures.

Pepe cost the club a record £72m and, what can now be seen quite well as a mistake on the club’s part, will no doubt be a struggle to get even a third of what the Gunners paid in 2019, especially considering the only year he has left. in his contract.

However, Arsenal are shrewdly signing players for lower fees like the aforementioned Tavares, who will almost certainly make a hefty profit after a successful loan spell with Marseille. The Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun dynamic also needs to be resolved and could end with one being sold and the club’s profits on a Hale End Academy graduate.

Scrutiny of Edu’s sales capacity now reaches a point where there are few defenses for a disappointing revenue stream from the area. Hopefully, next summer may see a step toward the rate level seen with the sale of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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