This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Plenty of Arsenal fans gave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stick when he was at the north London club, so when ‘The Ox’ as supporters branded him moved to rivals Liverpool on deadline day of the 2017/18 season for £34.2 million, the transfer perhaps unsurprisingly got some huge reaction.
The 26-year old had played in the Community Shield and in the Gunners’ opening three Premier League games, including a 4-0 hammering at Anfield. Just four days later, he was a Red, but not the Arsenal kind.
As per the BBC, Jurgen Klopp said that he was really happy to sign such an exciting talent that he did not have to think twice about. The German added that Ox was a positive player who is willing to take risks and has the mentality and desire to get even better.
Indeed, Oxlade-Chamberlain became a frustrated figure in the latter stages of his AFC career, hinting that Arsene Wenger played him in the wrong position, as he told Evening Standard (via Daily Star) that he enjoys playing in central midfield.
The English international only played in that position 17 times in 198 appearances in all competitions under the Frenchman, according to Transfermarkt.
This is in sheer contrast to his time at Liverpool, where the centre of midfield has been his dominant role, with 36 of his 78 games under Klopp so far being played in the middle of the park, as per the website.
‘Chambo’ joined Arsenal from Southampton for £12.42 million in 2011, so his sale has yielded a tidy profit. However, his first market value at the Emirates was just £5.4 million, but steadily rose campaign after campaign.
He is currently valued at £25.2 million, but was worth up to his highest value of £36 million in 2018. Given the price Arsenal sold him for, perhaps they could have gotten more money if they waited longer, but his unhappiness at not playing in his preferred position and conflicts with supporters meant that it was still good business.
Yes, Oxlade-Chamberlain has gone on to win the Champions League with Liverpool, and will likely win the top flight title with them this campaign if it resumes, but circumstances at the time of sale meant that the figure received for him was good business.
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