31 Aug, 17:20
With Liverpool completing the deal for England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, questions must be asked as to why the former Southampton midfielder would want to leave Arsenal after spending six formative years with the London club should he really be considering leaving? Liverpool have signed and sealed the powerful midfielder for a reported fee of £40 million but is the Anfield club really the best destination for the Ox?
Manchester United was never an option, despite rumors last year of interest, nor was Manchester City or any major clubs abroad the player himself rejected Chelsea so what gives? There are several reasons why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have rethought his decision to leave the Emirates.
Wenger understands his frustration
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured his transfer to Arsenal based on his creative, combative style. He’s great in possession, astonishingly quick for a stocky player and has a superb footballing brain, something Arsenal already had with the seemingly unflappable Santi Cazorla.
Now the Spaniard is reaching the twilight of his career, and Jack Wilshere is fully out of favor, surely the number 10 role at Arsenal would be Oxlade-Chamberlain’s to poach from under the nose of Mesut Ozil? The German international certainly hasn’t been at his sparkling best for a season or two and now is the time to strike and claim a starting place Wenger was clearly encouraging a competitive streak from the Ox but he’s obviously not up to the challenge.
The competition at Liverpool is a bit much
If you’re competing with Roberto Firmino for the number 10 role at any club, you’re probably not going to get the nod without one hell of a scrap. The Brazilian is on hefty wages at Anfield and has to justify them by playing regularly in his preferred position. Add in the likelihood that Coutinho will be staying for another year and you’d best choose which seat on the bench you fancy.
What about the wider positions? If you’re really thinking the Ox will be picked over Sadio Mane on the right flank, or fan favourite Adam Lallana on the left, you’ve got another thing coming. Put simply, the Ox won’t get any more games at Liverpool than he did at Arsenal!
Trophies are far more likely at Arsenal
How many more times must it be pointed out that David De Gea has had time to be born, grow up, move to England and secure multiple Premier League winner’s medals since Liverpool last won the English top flight league title? In fact, it’s been five years since Liverpool won any silverware at all courtesy of the League Cup.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have won several league titles and are the most successful English club in FA Cup history thanks to Wenger’s prolific ability in the competition over the last few seasons.Maybe Alex is allergic to silver?
England doesn’t like Liverpool
Face it. The England team doesn’t favour the lads from Liverpool. Jordan Henderson has been snubbed for the captain’s role, Adam Lallana is no longer assured of his starting place and Daniel Sturridge’s only chance of getting his place back is if Kane and Vardy are both involved in the same freak accident.
If the Ox wants to play for England, he’s made the wrong decision.