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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posts Instagram message to Arsenal

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Deadline Day promises to bring plenty of upheaval for Arsenal.

The Gunners have spent the whole summer trying to hold onto Alexis Sanchez, but they're now doing so by a hair as Manchester City make their move.

Several players have been allowed to enter the final year of their respective contracts, with Sanchez and Mesut Ozil the most high-profile of them.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also in the same position, but he has successfully completed a move away from north London and joined Liverpool in a £35million deal.

While Arsene Wenger and the board won't be expecting too many plaudits from the fans today, they've done pretty well to get such a high fee for the Ox given that he would have been available on a free in less than 12 months' time.

And so the England international ultimately heads for Anfield amid mixed feelings. On the one hand, he's been consistently inconsistent.

On the other, this was a player who was supposedly destined for big things when he left Southampton as a teenager. Back in 2011 when Wenger's stock was considerably higher than it is now, he seemed like the perfect manager for such a promising youngster.

Ox pays tribute 

That's not to say there haven't been plenty of highs during Oxlade-Chamberlain's six years at the Emirates, though, and there must be a tiny part of every Arsenal fan that worries they'll be left ruing his departure.

The 24-year-old is clearly emotional about the move, writing a heartfelt message to his now ex-club on Instagram.

"After six years, three FA Cup wins and countless incredible memories, the time has come for me to move on from Arsenal," he wrote.

"I want to publicly thank Arsene, the coaching and club staff and my amazing team mates for all of the incredible opportunities I have been given.

"Thank you so much to you, the fans, who have always had my back - I honestly couldn't be more grateful. The club, and my time here, will always mean a massive amount to me.

"I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and the decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development."

Whatever you think of his decision to join Liverpool, it's difficult to argue that he's been motivated by anything other than a wish to become the best player he can be.

Has the Ox made the right choice joining Liverpool? Have your say in the comments. 

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