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Three winners and three losers from Alex Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool

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In one of the biggest deals on deadline day, Arsenal wing-back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moved north from the London club to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

The Englishman, who is currently on duty with the national side, signed on a five-year deal worth £120,000-per-week for a reported £35 million fee, as per BBC Sport.

Like with any deal, there are those who benefit and those who suffer. Here are the three winners and three losers from Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool.

Three winners

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chamberlain joins a thriving Liverpool team, who look incredibly impressive this season, and one who are more likely to play him in his favoured central midfield position. One of the reasons he wanted to leave Arsenal is due to the persistence of Arsene Wenger to play him in a right wing-back role.

A further plus point is the fact that the Reds are in the Champions League, unlike Arsenal, and with a World Cup next summer, playing in the best competitions is vital to ensure the 24-year-old guarantees a spot on the plane to Russia.

Jurgen Klopp

With Liverpool looking to compete on all fronts this season, depth will be vital to Jurgen Klopp and Oxlade-Chamberlain provides exactly that.

The Englishman is a player that can feature anywhere across the midfield and as a winger, something that is sure to come in handy as the season continues.

Hector Bellerin

Finally, the Spaniard can be put out of his misery. Bellerin has looked unstable at left wing-back and with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departure comes a likely move over to the right.

The Spain international looks much stronger bombing down the right and moving to his favoured side will hopefully help Arsenal pick up some positive results. Sead Kolasinac, who joined on a free this summer, should enter the starting XI at left-back and his power could prove to be a real asset for the Gunners.

The losers

Thomas Lemar

After signing Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool decided to pass on signing Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, much to the Frenchman’s annoyance.

The France international only ‘had eyes for Liverpool’, according to L’Equipe, as referenced by the Metro and Liverpool Echo. It seems as though Lemar will have to wait a little longer until he ends up on Merseyside.

Chelsea 

Having set the 5-2-2-1 formation trend, the tactic has come back to haunt Chelsea. Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to play in central midfield and Antonio Conte planned to use him in a wing-back, something he’d been trying to avoid at Arsenal.

Chelsea, instead, signed Davide Zappacosta from Torino for a reported £23 million, according to the Metro.

Aaron Ramsey

The Welsh midfielder had a bit of a nightmare after posting a tribute to Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey used the hashtag ‘#shaaambles’ which was perceived as a jibe towards Arsenal’s poor transfer window, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Gunners’ man moved to clear the hashtag, suggesting that it was a training ground nickname for the English winger.

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Criticism of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson unfair? stats suggest he’s England’s best option

The midfielder came under scrutiny for his latest performance.

Jamie Watts

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England put an end to the World Cup opener curse after Harry Kane’s stoppage time header ensured England started the tournament with maximum points, with Tunisia looking more than likely to take their share of points in Volograd.

A promising opening 20 minutes was encored by ponderous and slow football in the second half, after the team began looking seemingly affected by Tunisia’s equaliser.

The additions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added impetus and purpose to the attack late on.

But prior to that, England struggled in pursuit of a second, and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson came under fire for what was deemed to be a lack of creativity.

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Many fans were questioning the omission of Jack Wilshere from England duties, as Gareth Southgate opted for the Liverpool man as the regular in central midfield. But last season’s statistics show some maybe being preemptive in wanting to replace the 28-year-old this World Cup.

Squawka stats (below) show that the Liverpool man was superior to both Eric Dier and Jack Wilshere in all aspects of midfield play in the Premier League last term, suggesting he could very well be the right man to continue starting for the Three Lions.

The former Sunderland man bested his two counterparts for number of forward passes, average pass length, key passes, tackles won, aerial duels won and chances created (all per 90 minutes), which sheds some light on why he’s a regular in Southgate’s team.

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Fans criticise Jack Wilshere omission after Jordan Henderson’s ‘toothless’ England performance

Gareth Southgate’s bold decision is already being questioned.

Jamie Watts

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England put an end to the World Cup opener curse after Harry Kane’s stoppage time winner ensured England started the tournament with a victory, with Tunisia looking more than likely to take their share of the points in Volgograd.

After a promising opening 20 minutes, England’s shortcomings in front of goal were punished as Tunisia were awarded a penalty – using VAR – and Ferjani Sassi equalised from the spot, heaping pressure on Gareth Southgate’s outfit to score a second.

But creativity was scarce from the Three Lions, in what was a stressful and frustrating half to watch for the nation.

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And Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has come under fire for his performance in the heart of the midfield, with many believing that Arsenal‘s Jack Wilshere would have been more creative and imaginative in central midfield, if he wasn’t omitted from international duties this earlier this summer.

Henderson frequently opted for possession over creativity and was guilty of taking too many touches in the midfield yesterday, particularly in the second half and the speed of play was directly affected as a result.

Here’s the Twitter reaction:

By no means did the 28-year-old have an awful game, but his choice of pass was often safe and as a result England lacked impetus and drive in the second-half, until the additions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added a spark in the final third.

Gareth Southgate will often opt for control in central midfield against tougher opposition – with Belgium on the horizon – but against the likes of Tunisia and Panama, the side can afford to take more risks and be more inventive, and the decision to leave Wilshere at home is already being questioned after just one game.

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Crystal Palace fans thrilled with reports of Jack Wilshere interest

Crystal Palace fans are keen on the reported deal.

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Crystal Palace are keen on landing long-serving Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, if the 26-year-old leaves the Emirates this summer, according to reports from Evening Standard.

A move to Selhurst Park would reunite Wilshere with Roy Hodgson, his former England manager and a coach, whose belief in the Gunner is undeniable.

Hodgson displayed his admiration for the midfielder, after taking him the 2016 Euros despite him barely playing all season and he believes he could add the perfect balance to the Eagles’ midfield alongside enforcer Luka Milivojevic.

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Wilshere was left out of the England squad for the World Cup this summer due to his diminished role with Arsenal, and revealed his “disappointment” on the day through his official Twitter account.

It now appears he will prioritise making himself essential at both club and international level next season, and that is unlikely with Arsenal.

Having improved his fitness, which has widely been considered his primary weakness, making 38 appearances in all competitions last season, Wilshere could become a serious asset at Selhurst Park, and fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the reports.

Here’s the reaction:

Yohan Cabaye’s situation is currently unresolved at Selhurst Park, with reports suggesting that the 32-year-old could potentially move to Ligue 1 giants Marseille this summer, and the Frenchman would need replacing.

Having joined in 2015 for £10 million from French champions Paris Saint Germain, the veteran midfielder played a key role in the Eagles relegation survival, acting as the catalyst for control and mobility in the centre of the park.

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And Wilshere would play a similar role. His agility and vision are reminiscent of Cabaye, but he has far more left in the tank.

It is safe to say the Englishman would be a real coup for Hodgson at Palace this summer and the fans agree its a deal the club should make happen.

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