After Liverpool beat Tottenham on Saturday night to win the Champions League Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told Per Mertesacker, “as former Gooners we know what that meant to all the Arsenal fans out there.”

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham looks dejected as he walks past the European Cup after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham looks dejected as he walks past the European Cup after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans may not have wanted to see Liverpool pick up their sixth European Cup but when the alternative was watching Tottenham win it instead, we all happily jumped aboard the Scouse train and cheered them on with all we had.

At the final whistle, Per Mertesacker interviewed former Arsenal man, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the 25-year-old didn’t disappoint.

“As former Gooners, we know what that meant to all the Arsenal fans out there,” the Ox told the BFG.

“It was massive for us at Liverpool but once a Gooner, always a Gooner.

“I had a personal feeling in that game that we needed to get it done for all the people I left at Arsenal.

“I know they were all willing us on to win that one. I’m happy that we could do it.”

Although the Ox recovered from his knee injury to be included in the squad for the Champions League final in Madrid, he could only make the bench and was not used during the game.

With just 105 minutes played this season, hopefully, the Ox can enjoy an injury-free campaign next season. I know it seems unlikely, but he’s certainly due.

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