Arsenal are being linked with a shock move for former midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to The Sun, the north London club are ‘considering’ making a move for the 28-year-old, with Mikel Arteta weighing up the prospect of a reunion with his old team-mate.
Oxlade-Chamberlain spent six years at the Gunners from 2011 until 2017, where he then moved to Liverpool – but he has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.
The English midfielder has struggled with injury problems throughout his time at Anfield, and with less than two years remaining on his contract with the Reds, his future is uncertain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly moved to Liverpool because of Klopp’s promise to play him in central midfield, while his time at Arsenal was spent predominantly on the right wing.
The former Southampton man seemingly prefers playing in the centre of the pitch, and during his time with Liverpool, he has shown on more than one occasion what he can do from that deeper position.
Thierry Henry, when writing on his Sky Sports column in 2018, explained how he sees the Reds man as a stronger player in the centre of midfield, which can now be seen as some advice to Arteta, if the Gunners do re-sign the Liverpool star.
Henry said: “Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves praise for what he’s done during his short time at Liverpool so far. But we didn’t see that clearly at Arsenal.
“My point is if I use the example of Frank Lampard, everybody knew what he was good at. His forte was running from deep – making late runs into the box and scoring goals. And also giving plenty of assists.
“At Arsenal, there has always been a lot of debate as to what Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position is. One day he was a wing back, one day he was a left winger, one day a right winger and on another a number 10. That was the problem, we just didn’t know.
“It’s so difficult to find out who you are and what you are good at if you don’t have a run of games in a settled position. It’s really difficult to get your momentum going and the stats back that up. In 132 games for Arsenal in the Premier League he only scored nine goals and got 14 assists but for Liverpool, he already has three goals and five assists.
“For Liverpool, we are now seeing a midfielder that puts the pressure on the opposition at every opportunity, he wins the ball back, he scores goals and also gives assists. Now we can see clearly what type of player he is.
“The goal he scored against Manchester City in January is the example. He’s in a team that likes to put pressure on, he got the ball back, drove forward, produced a brilliant strike and scored. The other day against Newcastle he won the ball back and gave it to Mohamed Salah, who scored.
“We can now see clarity in his game and in what he’s being asked to do. That is what he is showing right now. All credit must go to Jurgen Klopp and Oxlade-Chamberlain himself.
“Clarity has helped him because he now knows what he has to do. To have consistency you need to play regularly and play in the same position more often than not. Oxlade-Chamberlain said himself that’s why he moved to Liverpool and full credit to him, he’s backing those words up with some really efficient performances.”
Source by Football London