Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move from Arsenal to Liverpool was a transfer that – in the end – everyone agreed needed to happen.
Chamberlain’s career had stagnated at the Emirates and he was badly searching for a new challenge when Jurgen Klopp offered him an olive branch.
Since moving to Liverpool, asides the terrible injury, things have worked out for the midfielder and he has shown noteworthy signs of improvement.
One of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s major problems at Arsenal was him never really getting a consistent run-out in the first team.
According to Alan Gernon’s book, The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories, there is a reason why the Gunners were disinclined to play him more often.
A section from the book reads: “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 mostly 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.”
The 25-year-old’s final game for Arsenal was in a heavy 4-0 defeat by none other than the Reds.
His debut for Liverpool came in a 5-0 hammering against Manchester City, but as mentioned earliw, things have since improved for Oxlade-Chamberlain.