Were Arsenal Limiting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Sub Appearances Last Season On Purpose To Avoid Paying £10k Contract Clause?

Chris Wright

20th, August 2013


By Chris Wright

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Given that it’s Arsene Wenger-huntin’ season at the moment, a story has conveniently bubbled it’s way to the surface this morning which suggests the Arsenal manager indulged in a spot of jiggery pokey with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-team minutes last season in order to circumvent a clause in his contract that apparently stated the Gunners’ had to pay The Ox’s former club Southampton £10,000 every time the young midfielder played more than 20 minutes in a game.

Writing in the Mail, Neil Ashton claims to have the inside line on the revelations, spouting thus:

“Wenger’s detailed knowledge of every player’s contract even created an issue when Oxlade-Chamberlain was making substitute appearances for Arsenal last season.

“Written into the England winger’s deal is a clause stating that Arsenal must pay Saints £10,000 every time Oxlade-Chamberlain appears for more than 20 minutes.

“Incredibly a trend emerged, with Wenger bringing him off the bench after 72 minutes (v Stoke), 73 minutes (Liverpool), 72 minutes (Coventry), 65 minutes (Norwich), 76 minutes (Fulham), 86 minutes (Tottenham), 67 minutes (Swansea), 73 minutes (West Ham), 71 minutes (Swansea), and 75 minutes (Reading).

“Arsenal’s accounts department were stunned to receive an email from Southampton demanding payment for the appearances, with the south coast club justifying their argument based on stoppage time.

“Eventually Arsenal agreed to pay for the appearances and the story worked its way around the offices at the Emirates with bafflement among staff.”

Now, as far as we’re concerned this smacks of a journo, desperate for a hook, who’s taken a cursory glance at Oxlade-Chamberlain’s appearance record last season, noticed a “sub-20 minute” trend and concocted himself a story from there – going on to gripe at length about Wenger “drowning in Arsenal’s tired old transfer formula.”

Who knows, maybe there is something in the Ox/clause rumours, but even if so, surely Wenger is not the one to blame as it wouldn’t be his place to insert such a clause in the first place? That’d be the Arsenal legal dept. or the chief executives (i.e, Ivan Gazidis) or whoever is responsible for pushing these deals through. Hey ho. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter.

As we say, it’s Arsene-huntin’ season again. Go get your fill.

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  1. Joe says:

    I consider it open-season on Wenger now after what he did to Newcastle United yesterday. You can’t buy class, niether can he buy classy, it would seem.

  2. The Baby Jesus says:

    Typical Wenger – stingy as s*it.

  3. carl says:

    Isn’t 70 mins a fairly standard time to bring a sub on?

  4. Bob says:

    I guess this explains why Moyes would never bring on a substitute until at least 88 mins for the last ten years – we might have had to pay some club £14.80 in appearance fees and then we’d have been in the s**t!

  5. Ian says:

    Please regard the source, the daily mail, before any conclusions are drawn.

  6. who says:

    newcastle could have ignored the bid til after the game. instead pards\joke kinnear decided to public. their own fault

  7. Seth says:

    The bid was supposedly made on Friday, not right before the game. Newcastle and Pardew need to stop being whiny losers. Newcastle didn’t lose because of the bid, they lost because they are shit.

  8. anon says:

    I don’t get this report from the mail.
    First why do they bring up the two substitute appearances at 65 minutes and 67 minutes as these would mean he’s played longer than 20 minutes in the game. And secondly I don’t fully trust the figures they have given since Oxlade-Chamberlain started against Coventry and came OFF after 72 minutes – I haven’t checked any of the other games.

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