Report: Arsenal want to sign player who Mikel Arteta absolutely loves
Versatile Premier League performer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has emerged as a shock target for Arsenal, according to reports.
The Liverpool player has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, amid an ever-growing list of injury problems.
Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for the former champions in 2017 from the Gunners, costing them £35 million.
He has added some trophies to his cabinet during his time at Anfield. He secured a Champions League medal in 2018/19 and followed that up with the league title in 2019/20.
It is thought that Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing frustrated with a lack of chances at Anfield.
His injury problems haven’t helped but already this season he has fallen behind Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones in the pecking order.
Oxlade-Chamberlain played alongside Mikel Arteta when Arsenal won the FA Cup back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.
He has a superb relationship with the player and a new midfielder could be on Arteta’s radar.
The Arsenal manager has previously called the Liverpool man a ‘great player’ and he now wants to take him back to North London.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 109 outings for Liverpool, scoring 14 goals and claiming 12 assists.
At 28, he quite simply needs to be playing and leaving Anfield looks like his best chance to do that in the coming years.
Oxlade-Chamberlain could be ideal for Arsenal; although fitness is a concern
As steady as the talented performer is, his injury problems have to represent a small cause for concern.
That said, he’s never going to prove his fitness making the odd fleeting appearance from the bench.
With that in mind, a return to Arsenal is perhaps a decent move for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
He would provide a real engine in the middle of the park and on his day, he is still a very capable player.
Oxlade-Chamberlain earns £120,000-a-week and that should be a wage that Arsenal are more than comfortable with.
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