Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Arsene Wenger Says Liverpool Tapping Up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Was Inevitable

Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp and player Alex Oxlade Chamberlain during the match between Manchester City and Liverpool Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp and player Alex Oxlade Chamberlain during the match between Manchester City and Liverpool
Elias Hubbard | 11 September, 2017, 00:47

The England global moved to Anfield ahead of the transfer deadline in a deal reported to be worth £35million.

Wenger chose to start both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez at Anfield before the global break despite uncertainty about their futures, and both players' commitment was questioned after the team's dismal performance. But Henry, speaking on Sky Sports, was not convinced.

"Just as much as it's good for us, I think it will be good for him as well - he wants to develop as a player", he told the club's official website.

Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and skipper Jordan Henderson continue in the midfield as Oxlade-Chamberlain is made to wait for his Reds debut.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first Arsenal appearance came from the bench against Manchester United on August 28, 2011, as the Gunners fell to the Red Devils on a scoreline of 8-2. "Are you telling us you didn't have that at Arsenal?".

He reported for training with his new team-mates on Merseyside on Wednesday and was greeted by a smiling Klopp, who will be tasked with integrating his new signing into his squad. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn't need to think twice.

It's good to see that Wenger has named Reiss Nelson as Oxlade-Chamberlain's replacement in the team.

The Times on Saturday have an exclusive interview with Liverpool new boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players' minds they have no clarity".

"He will play a lot more of an attacking role and he is more exciting to watch in that more forward role, rather than a wing-back position".

"I think City, especially at home, will have the ever-so-slight edge over Liverpool though". If Emre Can's dynamic start continues, he will be hard to dislodge too so Georginio Wijnaldum could find his place at risk to the England midfielder, despite a string of strong displays of his own.

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