Former Republic of Ireland international, Tony Cascarino, believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving Arsenal for Liverpool has heaped yet more humiliation on Arsene Wenger.
Cascarino believes that the Ox deciding to sign for Liverpool rather than stay at Arsenal heaped humiliation on Wenger during what was a pretty disappointing transfer window.
“This will be a transfer (or perhaps that should be another transfer) that heaps humiliation on Arsene Wenger,” he wrote in his Times column.
“Jurgen Klopp will show Arsenal what you can do with a player, how to make the most of him, rather than forcing him into a position that he does not suit.
“He is a direct player who wants to go forward. He can’t defend.
“He has been accommodating for too long and must master one role.”
While the Ox leaving does demonstrate the 24-year-old’s lack of faith in Wenger and his ability to help him develop, I wouldn’t say it ‘heaped humiliation’ on the boss since the player was the one who disappointed the club and fans by pushing for a move to a rival.
Arsenal stood by the Ox through six years of injuries and when he finally stayed fit for more than five minutes, he jumped ship.
What’s slightly more humiliating is the volume of players allegedly aiming to do the same.
The BBC’s David Ornstein claims that Hector Bellerin also asked to leave when he returned from the u21 Euros, Alexis Sanchez quite obviously wants to sign for Manchester City, and Mesut Ozil is yet to sign a new deal despite a lack of interest from other clubs.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 4, 2017
One player leaving isn’t humiliating. However, when so many want to do a runner, it’s more than a little concerning.