Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool at the end of the 2017 transfer window for a whopping £35m from Arsenal after a fairly nondescript career with us.
His Arsenal legacy wasn’t much to write home about after an Emirates career blighted by injury. He scored just 9 goals and managed just over 130 games for an across 7 seasons at The Emirates, a very poor return for someone with such huge potential. He has already scored 6 in 52 games at Liverpool in under 3 years in contrast.
In fairness, out of the players who moved on around the same time, he was probably the one who had the potential to be the best and most successful. This has since been proved after winning a Champions League medal (phew!), Super Cup (friendly) and World Club Cup (friendly) with Liverpool.
Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi continue to frustrate at Everton, but Oxlade-Chamberlain has broken his way into a very good Liverpool side. A Liverpool side who won the Champions League last season (thank the Lord) and are well on target to win the Premier League this season, potentially unbeaten (nooooo!).
‘The Ox’ has revealed the real reason behind his big-money move to Anfield today, and it’s basically because he believes the Liverpool fans are a special breed.
“Even looking at Liverpool for years before I even got here, I understood the ethos and what the club was all about. I bought into that, I respect those values and it’s something I hold strongly for myself and that was another reason why I wanted to come and play for this brilliant football club…”
Bit of a kick in the teeth for us Arsenal fans, but I guess we never really got to see the best of him despite a couple of FA Cups and 3 Community Shields (friendlies), he never really got going at Arsenal and had a footballing brain akin to that of Theo Walcott while with us.
“He had one year to go. At the start of the season, we had four players with one year to go. I wanted him to extend his contract, yes. He decided to go. We respect that but at the end of the day, I decided to sell. We respect his decision & that’s absolutely normal and I have no problem with that. What’s important is that the players make a good career, preferably in your club. If it doesn’t happen, you still want them to have a good career…”
Despite clearly not having the ethos and values of the amazing Liverpool fans, we still wish him all the best, just not on May the 2nd 2020 where we have a chance to stop their unbeaten run.