Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal exits explained

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal exits explained

"It was an fantastic atmosphere, the best I've ever played in", the 24-year-old said.

Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who he says has the "potential and quality" to further his development since joining Liverpool last summer.

Rio Ferdinand, who was on punditry duties for BT Sport, led the compliment charge with an assured verdict on Oxlade-Chamberlain after the game.

Jurgen Klopp has stated that the reason for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's massive improvement following his move from Arsenal to Liverpool is because he has been given the chance to play in a completely new team with a different style.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere, the best I've ever played in", said the £40 million summer acquisition from Arsenal.

The Reds' No.21 has gone from strength to strength in recent months and, whilst being deemed inconsistent by some, impressed once again during the midweek 3-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp says Oxlade-Chamberlain refused to blame Arsene Wenger.

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It was the midfielder's delicious strike that was the pick of the lot, however, and Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted by the Daily Star as he spoke of his delight at the goal that handed his side the initiative on the night. They were working together for six years or whatever and he never blamed Arsene Wenger for not improving enough or whatever, but sometimes it's only about changing the circumstances, that's it.

"Being in a different place can make things better".

He always took things by himself and thought he could do more. "I showed myself that if it's on more often I can keep doing it".

"There were a few runs I did in the first half where I broke the line and it was just the last man I didn't manage to get past or didn't get the shot off and it is those moments where I could have had a second goal or set someone up that I can work on". It gives you an opportunity to do things in a new way and that has helped him.

"It was never bad".

"That's what we were hoping for".

'He's an outstanding talent still, still a lot of things to improve, no problem with that'. A pattern emerged of one good game followed by three or four hugely frustrating ones, with the Ox one of several Arsenal players particularly guilty of losing possession in indefensible areas.

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