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Arsenal players must consider Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain success as warning sign

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Arsenal players must consider Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain success as warning sign

The former Arsenal man has excelled in recent weeks at Anfield.

Liverpool picked up a routine win against Newcastle United at the weekend. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the Reds claim a comfortable win at Anfield.

One player who continues to impress at Liverpool is midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined the club for a fee reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of £35 million.

When he first made his move to Liverpool from Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer it was a tough transition. Oxlade-Chamberlain spent much of his early Liverpool career on the bench or struggling when he did, in fact, get an opportunity in the first-team.

But in recent weeks he has been superb. Jurgen Klopp has the 24-year-old finally playing a more disciplined and nurtured game from the heart of midfield. Exiting Arsenal for Liverpool has clearly been a massive boost to the England international, who looks likely to be on the plane to Russia this summer.

It is in sharp contrast to the fortunes at his former club. Arsenal are currently in a state of freefall. From their close call against Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the Europa League, to their recent horror-show performances versus Manchester City. At the weekend the Gunners’ misery was compounded by defeat at Brighton.

Liverpool, meanwhile, could finish as best of the rest in the Premier League.

It must leave some Arsenal players wondering if the grass is indeed greener. Jack Wilshere has just months remaining on his deal at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey’s contract expires next summer.

Both players must surely be considering their future. Wilshere’s immediacy regarding his contract issues should make him a Liverpool target. Emre Can could exit Anfield this summer and Wilshere would be a brilliant replacement.

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Ramsey would also fit in well at Liverpool. The Welshman could be considered a replacement for Adam Lallana, whose injury-ravaged season has seen his stock fall.

There is currently no indication Liverpool are chasing either Arsenal player. But the question both Wilshere and Ramsey must be asking is whether their careers are suffering at the Emirates.

Just look at how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has improved their former team-mate. The German looks to be creating a success like Arsene Wenger once did at the Emirates. That time has past and if a chance to head to Anfield came up for either Wilshere or Ramsey, they would be mad not to take it.

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