Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still Arsenal’s highest rated player on Whoscored this season, despite having left the club for Liverpool after playing three matches in August.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has an average rating of 7.81 over those three matches. That’s higher than Arsenal’s second best player this season, Shkodran Mustafi on 7.39.
There are a number of things to point out here. Firstly, maybe everyone raving about how much the winger has improved jumped the gun a bit if he was already the highest rated player at Arsenal, especially since his average rating at Liverpool is 6.76, a significant decrease.
Secondly, it’s only three games. Such a short sample size is never going to give you an accurate evaluation of a player’s season. If you included his time at Liverpool in the average, he’d have a rating of 6.90. That wouldn’t even put him in the top 10 players at Arsenal. It doesn’t put him in the top 10 at Liverpool either.
Thirdly, before Liverpool fans get too excited about rubbing this in Arsenal faces, perhaps they should look at who their highest rated player is. Hint: He’s a 5’6″ Brazilian currently spending some time overseas.
The other thing getting supporters excited at the moment, is Oxlade-Chamberlain unfollowing Coutinho on Instagram. Good on him. Why should the 24-year-old have to stand by a player who received five years of wages and training just to leave the club for his peak years? Wait..