Arsene Wenger believes that every player must fight for his place in the team, and has explained the decision to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With Arsenal taking on Liverpool in the Premier League, the main focus is one player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the switch between the two clubs on the final day of the summer transfer window.
He hasn’t been a first team regular since moving, despite that being one of the reasons he left Arsenal.
When asked about this, Arsene Wenger said, “Is he sure of a place there? You are sure of a place nowhere.
“In a big club you have big competition with some good players. That is absolutely normal. What do you want to be, a big player and not have to fight?
“You can’t be a big player, sit in your rocking chair and say, “I do not want to fight”. It doesn’t work like that. Every player has to fight.”
Chamberlain had a year remaining on his Arsenal contract when he decided to leave.
The offer from Liverpool, believed to be around £35m, was simply too good to pass up for Arsenal.
While Wenger wanted him to stay, he had to make the pragmatic decision.
“Look, he had one year to go. At the start of the season we had four players with one year to go and I wanted him to extend his contract,” he explained.
“Yes, he decided to go and we respect that. He made his decision and we had to find a compromise to get the best possible transfer fee. I personally think he will be an important player for England and that he will continue to develop.”
Chamberlain has appeared 15 times for Liverpool in the Premier League, but 10 of those appearances have come from the bench.
He’s only appeared twice in his preferred central midfield position, and has just a single league goal to his name.
At the moment, he’s not looking like a major loss for Arsenal.
Having said that, Arsenal are Arsenal, and will probably find a way to make him look amazing should he play against us.