Transfer Flashback: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

Transfer Flashback: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal at the end of the 2017 summer transfer window for £35m. 

The then-24-year-old joined Arsenal in 2011 as a teenager from Southampton and had featured almost 200 times for The Gunners in all competitions. It was a period under Arsène Wenger which brought a lot of success and acclaim for the attacker. He became an England international, won three FA Cups, and became a hopeful for England’s future.

However, like so many players at Arsenal have in the past, he felt he had got as far as he could with the club, and wanted a new challenge elsewhere – and Liverpool provided that opportunity. Indeed, he even snubbed the chance to remain in north London after the club offered him a new deal.

His decision to embark on a new challenge was received with widespread frustration from the Arsenal supporters who viewed the transfer as something of a betrayal. Following years of being forced to helplessly watch on as Manchester City cherry-picked a handful of their finest talents, it was no surprise to see them react with such bitter disappointment.

Of course, that opinion was not shared by the entirety of the Gunners faithful as plenty of supporters  expressed sympathy and understanding towards his decision, and they turned out on Twitter to wish him the best of luck for the future.

This is what a handful of more sympathetic supporters had to say:

On the other hand, plenty of supporters were absolutely incensed by the decision:

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