Ian Wright sends defiant message to Arsenal fans about Liverpool signing

The Arsenal legend tells Gunners fans that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves credit for deciding to move to Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson Photo: Jordan Henderson / Instagram

Ian Wright believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves credit for having the courage to move to Liverpool from Arsenal.

The England international became the fourth summer signing at Anfield on transfer deadline day following a £40m move to Liverpool from Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the north London side’s contract offer after entering the final 12 months of his current Arsenal deal.

The 24-year-old rejected the chance to join Premier League champions Chelsea amid reports that the England star wants to play in a central role in midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has found his first-team opportunities limited since moving to Liverpool in a big-money deal during the summer transfer window.

The England international has only started one game at Liverpool so far after a disappointing performance in a 2-0 loss to Leicester City in the League Cup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been subjected to derision from some Arsenal fans and supporters of rival clubs on Twitter.

However, Arsenal legend Wright was quick to defend Oxlade-Chamberlain from his critics.

“In his mind, he believes he has to go somewhere else to better himself,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It would have taken Oxlade-Chamberlain a lot to move. We’re taking about somebody who is now not in the bosom of Arsenal. The unaccountability of that place.

“He is now in a place where he has to do it. He is learning that right now. Once he does that, he will get to that player I expect him to become. I just keep my fingers crossed for him.”

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