Arsene Wenger explains why Oxalde-Chamberlain's exit wasn't so painful

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Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool on Transfer Deadline Day in a club record £40m deal.

The 24-year-old English international has failed to impress early in his career at Anfield but only arrived one month ago.

His incredibly bad individual highlights in the 2-0 EFL Cup defeat to Leicester went viral last week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain did finally record his first win as a Liverpool player in his 5th appearance for the club, coming off the bench late on in Saturday evening's 3-2 Premier League win over Leicester.

Amid plenty of criticism, German boss Jurgen Klopp defended his summer signing.

“The criticism came quite quick,” the Liverpool manager said. “He had a few good situations and a few unlucky situations, but this was his first start.

“He didn’t have the best game of his life so in the world of football at the moment you get criticised for that, but I am not in doubt. He did really well in some moments but he is still trying to adapt to our style of play.”

Wenger takes sly dig

Interviewed ahead of Arsenal's Premier League fixture against West Brom, Arsene Wenger had some things to say about Kieran Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Both players were sold this summer, albeit in very different circumstances.

Oxlade-Chamberlain refused to sign a massive new contract in north London whilst Gibbs was deemed surplus to requirements.

Despite being rejected by "the Ox", Wenger claimed the departure of Gibbs was far more painful.

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Wenger said: "Overall it's true that with Gibbs (it hurt) more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal from the age of 10.

"When he arrived he was a left-winger. I transformed him into a full-back because he was not necessarily rated as a guy who would make it as a left winger but I saw something in him that was very intelligent, with pace, that made me feel he could make it as a left-back.

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Asked if letting Gibbs leave felt like losing a family member, he said: "Of course. And I believe that for (players that leave) it must be difficult to make that step as well.

"He did not ask to leave, it was a mutual decision. He wanted to play - he's 27, or 28. You want to play at that age.

Gibbs, 27, joined West Brom in a £7m deal after making eight Premier League starts last season.

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