Revealed: The bizarre clause which limited Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early game-time at Arsenal

Revealed: The bizarre clause which limited Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early game-time at Arsenal

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Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain

Revealed: The bizarre clause which limited Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early game-time at Arsenal







Irish journalist Alan Gernon, author of the critically-acclaimed ‘Retired: What Happens to Footballers When the Game’s Up’ has today shed light on an apparent clause in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first Arsenal contract, which may well have been to blame for the English midfielder’s game-time being limited during his first 18 months in North London.

Chamberlain’s Arsenal stint

Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton for a fee of around £15 million in 2011.

The English international subsequently went on to endure a rather hit-and-miss time at the Emirates over the 6 years that followed, with ‘the Ox’ having never really nailed down a consistent starting berth for himself over an extended period under Arsene Wenger.

In fact, before his departure last summer, Chamberlain had never started more than 17 Premier League games in a season for Arsenal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium

‘Obliged to pay…’

As per the aforementioned report from Alan Gernon, though, the now 25-year-old’s initial struggles for game-time at the Emirates may have been down to far more than just his tender years.



In his new book, The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories, Gernon shed light on an apparent agreement between Arsenal and Southampton, which resulted in a rather bizarre clause being inserted in the powerful midfielder/winger’s first Gunners’ contract:

‘Following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Arsenal in 2011, Gunners fans became increasingly frustrated with the midfielder’s lack of playing time.’

‘He was predominantly used as a substitute, often around the 71-minute mark.’

‘After his contract details emerged, it all became clear… Arsenal were obliged to pay Southampton £10,000 every time he played 20 minutes or more.’

Chamberlain of course departed Arsenal in the summer of 2017, joining Premier League rivals Liverpool for around £35 million.



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December 5, 2018 at 10:42AM

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