Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has highlighted the differences between Arsene Wenger’s and Jurgen Klopp’s approach to pressing.
Chamberlain left Arsenal in the closing stages of the summer transfer window to join Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has spoken about the differences between Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp before, and once again he has brought up how the German’s teams like to press more.
“Liverpool and Arsenal are both top clubs and have been at the top of English football history for years so the drop-offs aren’t massive – they are both up there for a reason,” he told the Telegraph.
“The biggest thing I’ve had to learn is how this manager likes to stop situations at source and how he likes to attack is slightly different to my manager before.
“I was in certain habits and certain things became second nature to me and in football it is all about instinct. You train and train a certain thing so when you are in that situation you don’t think about it.
“It just might be a simple trigger when something happens and the defence passes to that player and the ball is slightly behind him. That is your cue to go and press.
“At your previous club you might not even look into that. I have about 100 different things but it is all those adding up. When a team is in sync to do what a manager wants and you have one player who has come in and is doing it slightly different it breaks the whole chain and it doesn’t work for everyone.
“We press high and if one person is not doing it right – even if it is small – it makes everyone’s work a waste of time. Just little things like that I had to learn. It can take some time.”
Arsenal are certainly a lot more selective about when they wanted to press in games.
When they do, it doesn’t always work as not every player is committed to doing it and the problems that the Ox describes above are clear to see.
Klopp, meanwhile, is famed for getting his teams to press the opposition and force mistakes.
There was always going to be a period of adjustment for Chamberlain as he learned how to press effectively.
He’s starting to settle in at Liverpool and make more of an impact in their starting eleven.
At the same time, Arsenal haven’t missed him that much.
Even with some players under-performing and injuries hitting the squad, few people regret not having Chamberlain as an option.
The move has worked out for everyone involved.
It was not to be for Chamberlain at Arsenal, but that’s fine, because his departure has given opportunities to other players.