Chamberlain did this before leaving Arsenal
It was no secret that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was unhappy at Arsenal. He felt he didn’t get enough playing time and also that he was played out of position. Arsenal offered him two contract renewals and he rejected both of them.
The last offer Arsenal made to him would give the Englishman a £180k weekly wage. But he rejected that as well because that’s how badly he wanted to leave Arsenal.
On the 15th of July, in an interview Wenger said,
I expect him to stay, 100%. No matter the speculation, he will stay.
We know how much Arsene admired the player and how much he wanted him to stay but now he’s gone and we have to look for life after him.
The 24 year old appeared on Chelsea and Liverpool’s wishlist. Chelsea’s initial bid was rejected as Arsene was persistent that the forward will stay. He said regarding the forward that:
I want Alex to stay at the club and be one of the big players of the future of the club, he’s one of the players the team has to be built around in future,
I want him to commit to the club and be one of the carriers of this team.
We invested a lot of time and money and confidence in players like Chamberlain and for me he has a responsibility to the club.
Later on, news came out that Arsenal and Chelsea had reached a final agreement for Ox. Chelsea were to pay £40m and pay Alex £220k a week. Everything was set and the deal was gonna go through as planned..
BUT……(THIS IS IT, THE BEST PART)
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain rejected Chelsea and went on to join Liverpool. Liverpool matched Chelsea’s bid of £40m and hijacked the deal. They offered him a wage of £120k per week much less than what Arsenal and Chelsea had offered but still he joined them. This surely would’ve pissed off everyone at Chelsea. Although he’s gone but we love him for the last good thing he did before he left.
He’ll always be in our hearts. Thank you for everything Chambo. We understand your decision to leave. Best of luck for the future.