After another underwhelming season at the Emirates Stadium there has been much speculation about the future of Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger is prepared to give the player another season to prove himself.
Oxlade-Chamberlain managed just 22 Premier League appearances last season, many of which came as a substitute, as he failed to play in more than two-thirds of the Gunners' league fixtures for the fifth season in a row since his arrival from Southampton for £15 million as a teenager in 2011.
The 22-year-old began the season well by scoring in the Community Shield against Chelsea in August but failed to maintain his fitness or his form as yet another campaign ended in frustration.
That has thrown his future at the Gunners into doubt with fans increasingly becoming frustration with his inability to realise the potential he showed at Southampton and in his teenage years after the move to London.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had been linked with a return to St. Mary's, with a report earlier this year claiming that the south coast club were willing to make their former prodigy the highest-paid player on their books in a bid to lure him into a move home.
Other Premier League clubs such as West Ham United were also rumoured to be interested as the prospect of a move away seemed to become ever more likely.
However, according to the Mail, Wenger has decided that the midfielder is deserving of one final chance to prove that he still has what it takes to play a significant role for Arsenal and will prevent any sale until next season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will feel that he needs to grasp this opportunity with both hands if he wants to salvage his career at the club, with his stock falling further and further with every indifferent year that passes.