“Academy players carry the values that you think are important, which are based on mental qualities, humility, respect and commitment, and as well football qualities which means you always try to play in a positive way. Plus real team play and focusing on a collective way.”

For us, this sounds like sour grapes…

Wenger was so desperate for Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay, Arsenal offered him an £180k/week extension, but the player had no intention of renewing terms and preferred a switch to Liverpool over Chelsea, too.

Gibbs, on the other hand, wasn’t offered any new deal and ushered out of the back door to the Baggies for a small fee.

Oxlade-Chamberlain struggled during his first four matches but impressed from the bench against Leicester at the weekend.

The monkey is off his back now and we hope he gets more minutes in Russia to show us what he’s capable of.