After a shaky start, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is loving life at Liverpool, which does make you wonder whether he actually did the right thing by leaving Arsenal last summer.
When Oxlade completed his £40m move to Liverpool over the summer, it was easy for Arsenal fans to be mad at him.
Firstly, the 24-year-old was refusing to remain loyal to a club and manager that had stuck by him for six injury-laden years. Secondly, he played appallingly during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat away to his future club, which was the most unprofessional way for him to go.
However, putting this aside, Oxlade’s move to Merseyside is looking increasingly clever.
The midfielder is getting more chances in his favoured central position. Jurgen Klopp doesn’t start him there every match and he’s still having to play as wing-back more often than not, but he’s seeing development.
He played as a central midfielder during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Newcastle and won Man of the Match for his performance.
What’s more, Oxlade is scoring goals. Although he’s only found the back of the net four times since his move up north, he’s also managed six assists. Apart from last season, the England international would rarely reach those numbers at Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are in sixth place and have lost four out of their last five Premier League matches. Arsene Wenger has never looked more out of touch with his fans and players.
Liverpool are in second and while they’re 18 points off Manchester City at the top, they’re still playing well and will be in the Champions League next season. The fans and players believe in Klopp and are flourishing as a result.
Has the Ox really done the right thing by moving to Liverpool? For him, he has.