Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had unusual clause in his Arsenal contract that limited his playing time, claims new book


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had unusual clause in his Arsenal contract that limited his playing time, claims new book

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly had a clause in his contract that meant Arsenal would have to pay Southampton £10,000 every time he played 20 minutes or more.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal in 2011 as a 17-year-old for a fee of around £12m with another £3m in add-ons.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal in 2011

The 25-year-old made 198 appearances for the Gunners before his transfer to Liverpool in 2017, with 80 of those coming from the substitutes bench.

Arsene Wenger often used Oxlade-Chamberlain as an impact player towards the end of matches.

Writer Alan Gernon has suggested, in his book The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories that was published in December, that a clause in his contract was the reason why he was used in that way.

Oxlade Chamberlain has been out of action since April after suffering a knee injury

He writes: “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.”