Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Tweets Reveal a lot Regarding His Move to Chelsea

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close to joining Premier League champions Chelsea for £40m.

What's more hard for Arsenal to justify, however, is the manner in which they have allowed the situation to play out.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract at the end of the season, along with Arsenal team-mates Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Several clubs were reported to be interested in Oxlade-Chamberlain, but according to Give Me Sport, the England international's tweets from 2012 show he has had a soft spot for Chelsea for a while.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been insistent that he wanted to keep the midfielder and described his player as the future of the club as recently as Friday. The Frenchman said losing him would do "big damage" to the club back in April, and he spoke in even stronger terms as recently as last week.

"Whether this is the club for him, I don't know..."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Fernando Llorente are the most likely players to sign for Chelsea FC although others are also in the mix.

Starsport understand that Liverpool have cooled their interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain and are prioritising a move for Monaco's Thomas Lemar. Oxlade-Chamberlain's inclusion at right wing-back forced Hector Bellerin to play out of position, while new signing Sead Kolasinac inexplicably kicked his heels on the bench.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain has snubbed a number of contract offers from the north Londoners as he looks to take advantage of his contract situation, which would allow him to leave on a free next summer or quit for a relatively cut-price fee.

He said: "Yesterday we told you a fee had been agreed with Chelsea and Liverpool are not out of this yet".

Ashley Cole was the last player to move from Arsenal to Stamford Bridge over 11 years ago.

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