How Twitter reacted to Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal
Liverpool have signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for a fee of £35 million, according to BBC Sport. Chelsea had a bid accepted for the midfielder earlier in the week, but he wasn’t keen on a move to Stamford Bridge. He wants to play under Jurgen Klopp and believes that he can thrive at Anfield. This is a great piece of business for all parties.
Arsene Wenger knew that he had no option but to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain, as he had only a year left on his contract. They managed to bring in a good fee for him, but it will be a blow that he has gone to a rival club. Although his record at the Emirates Stadium isn’t superb, the 24-year-old remains a huge talent and Liverpool will believe they can get the most out of it.
Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to play in central midfield and was put off by the idea of playing right wing-back at Chelsea. He obviously believes he will get the opportunity to play centrally at Liverpool, but he will have to work hard to secure a regular starting place in his preferred position.
It remains to be seen how he will be used at Anfield, but it is a great signing for the club. They have managed to get one over on two of their top-six rivals and that is a strong image to project to the rest of the footballing world. Klopp will see Oxlade-Chamberlain as a good squad player capable of playing a number of different roles and that lends itself well to rotation. The Englishman will get plenty of chances and it is up to him to prove himself at his new club.
The last few days have shown that players want to join Liverpool ahead of rival teams and that underlines how much the club have grown under Klopp. They are building a great squad and there is a real possibility that they can challenge for major honours soon. It will take a while for them to reach that level, but they are headed in the right direction.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the signing:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017
Photo of Oxlade Chamberlain playing for the Liverpool youth team. pic.twitter.com/ICDAlrstZT
— Rob Armstrong (@Rob_Arms_) August 30, 2017
Just text Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to welcome him to Liverpool but i think he ran out of signal. I hope he hasn't changed his mind. pic.twitter.com/9X26QjXRrt
— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) August 30, 2017
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the potential to a big signing for #LFC. Deal is 6 years. £35m up front. Thomas Lemar chase ongoing
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) August 30, 2017
Liverpool fans thought it was a good buy:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a very good insurance policy signing. Perhaps Lemar or van Dijk next, come on! #LFC
— SHooMit (@SHoomwitter) August 31, 2017
— s (@sacrehdeer) August 31, 2017
Arsenal fans were mixed on the sale:
It hurts to see Oxlade-Chamberlain in a Liverpool shirt.
Why couldn't Wenger just play him in CM?
— Stephen (@Steph8en) August 31, 2017
All I want is a squad of players who care. Ox has been decent in patches no doubt, but never a consistent performer for us. No biggie.
— Eric (@eric_arsenal) August 31, 2017
Chelsea fans thought it was a blessing in disguise that they didn’t get him:
We don't want Drinkwater or the Ox; break the bank & get us Barkley, Renato Sanches, Mahrez, Llorente, Van Dijk etc. #CFC
— jodiews (@Jodie_WS) August 31, 2017
I am not even bothered about losing out on Ox or Llorente but this farce proves why Marina needs to be sacked TODAY #cfc
— Tom Simpson (@DasherTS) August 31, 2017