On Wednesday night Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored an utterly remarkable goal for Liverpool as they ran out 3-0 winners over Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield. The goal, and the eventual victory means that the Reds are on the verge of reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals where they’ll likely come up against one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
That, in itself, is quite a lot to unpack – but Arsenal fans are mostly focused on the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain is able to come up with this kind of contribution for Jurgen Klopp. The Englishman was often criticised during his time at the Emirates, and as you can imagine, this has been a particular source of scrutiny for Gunners fans, as rival teams have taken it upon themselves to throw ‘shade’ their way – we apologise for the terminology.
The whole thing seems a bit backwards to us, though, because there was clearly a reason behind The Ox departing from North London. If a player no longer wants to be at your club then instead of trying to force something that just isn’t there, you need to let him go. The sooner that process is done the sooner everyone can move on, which is something Arsenal clearly haven’t learned as evidenced by the Alexis Sanchez saga too.
In the form of Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette, Arsenal have four players off the top of our head who have the kind of superstar quality that Oxlade-Chamberlain just doesn’t possess. This really isn’t rocket science, and this really isn’t something that needs to be drawn out: he moved on, and Arsenal fans need to showcase their maturity by doing exactly the same thing.
If anything Arsenal fans should be relishing in the fact that City, who have been deemed ‘better than The Invincibles’, were bested by a player who wasn’t even considered to be important enough to remain at the Emirates. Of course, you’d have to stretch your imagination in order to make that work, but it’s still relevant.
Football changes with each passing day, and that’s something Arsenal supporters don’t seem to have accepted.
Should Arsenal fans forget about Oxlade-Chamberlain?