Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has left a goodbye message to the supporters following his move to Liverpool.
The 24-year-old completed his £40m switch to Anfield earlier today, and while he was too busy with England to speak about the move, he found the time to say goodbye to the Arsenal fans.
— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) August 31, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 and made 198 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals. Despite spending such a long time with the Gunners, he never managed to nail down a starting place in his preferred position.
While Arsenal preferred to play on the flanks, the English international had dreams of being a central midfielder. The odd games he got there for Arsenal showed glimpses of his ability, but he never managed to convince Wenger to play him there long-term.
That seemed to have been the main motivation behind the move. He ended up as a right wing-back last season and feared for his future, hence forced a move to the Merseyside giants where he had been promised the chance to play as a midfielder.
James Milner also got the same promise, but ended up as a left back. In the end, it hasn’t worked out at Arsenal and the fans aren’t as upset about his departure as they could be.
Perhaps a clean break was needed for everyone.