It’s felt like forever since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left north London for Liverpool.
The England international’s move from Arsenal to Jurgen Klopp’s side was a surprising deal to many, as it was widely believed Chamberlain would leave for London rivals Chelsea, who ended up signing Danny Drinkwater instead after Oxlade Chamberlain rejected a move to the Blues.
Chamberlain left Arsenal as one a fan favourite and remains one of the few players to leave the Gunners in recent years for a Premier League rival that is still to this day loved and remembered fondly by supporters.
Joining the Gunners as an 18-year-old in the summer of 2011 after making a name for himself in League One with Southampton, Chamberlain was a player that instantly drew comparison with Theo Walcott, who also joined Arsenal from the Saints for a big fee when he was a teenager, but after a few seasons it became apparent that the two were completely different players.
Although Chamberlain started off as a winger, it was laid out early that his future belonged in central midfield. However with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere ahead of the former Southampton man in that position, more often than not the promising England international resorted to playing out on the wing.
Although he played few games in central midfield, his versatility on the pitch made him a useful player for Arsene Wenger, who played Chamberlain in a variety of positions, and his upbeat personality and on the field presence quickly made him a fan favourite amongst Arsenal fans.
Which is why his move to Liverpool was such a surprise for Gooners. Although Chamberlain has missed the entirety of this season, his debut campaign for the Reds was his best to date in the Premier League, largely because Klopp moved the winger to central midfield.
From the midfield, Chamberlain registered three goals and seven assists in the Premier League, as well as scoring twice in the Champions League as the Reds made it to their second European final in three years.
Arsenal made a mistake selling two years ago, who now could be seen as the perfect partner for Lucas Torreira in the Gunners midfield, but since his move to Anfield, Chamberlain has progressed well, and had it not been for a season-long injury, the England international could have been the difference maker for Liverpool in their Premier League title bid.
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