Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, believes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the right decision by signing for Liverpool.
Souness reckons that the Ox made the right choice by leaving Arsenal and turning down a move to Chelsea, as the 24-year-old isn’t built to be a wing-back.
“Today, £30-40m is buying you a good player, but not a top man,” Souness wrote in The Sunday Times.
“The initial £35m that Liverpool have paid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a very high figure for a player coming to the end of his contract at Arsenal.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain chose Liverpool rather than Chelsea because he did not want to be a wing-back.
“He sees himself dropping the shoulder and going past people in the central midfield area. I don’t see him as a wing-back either. He is the wrong shape for it.”
At Arsenal, while the Ox was given the nod in central midfield several times and did an alright job while there, he was never better than the other options.
In a bid to give the England international more game time, Arsene Wenger played him as a wing-back, which turned out to be the move that pushed the Ox away.
Although Chelsea were strongly linked, the former Southampton star knew that he would just be pushed out wide again, so chose to sign for Liverpool instead, where he obviously reckons he’s got a higher chance of playing centrally.
The Ox had been linked with Jurgen Klopp’s side all summer and said in a post-match interview after Arsenal had won the FA Cup against Chelsea that he wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so it was hardly a massive shock when it came down to it.
With under a year left on his Arsenal contract, the Gunners chose to cash in and have managed to get £40m for an injury-prone midfielder. Not bad at all.
Perhaps the Ox did make the right choice and perhaps he is supposed to be a midfielder. However, perhaps he’ll just end up sitting on the bench again.