Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently proving that life after Arsenal is a lot sweeter.
The midfielder completed a £35m switch to Liverpool last summer and already looks far more at home on Merseyside.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lack of consistency undermined his career in north London, failing to nail down a regular position under Arsene Wenger and flattering to deceive.
And that major drawback drew criticism from the likes of Gary Neville and, more pertinently, Thierry Henry.
After sealing his move to Anfield, Henry famously said he’d been “watching him for a very long time and still don’t know what he’s good at.”
But at Liverpool we’re starting to see what Oxlade-Chamberlain is very good at, running at defences and combining smartly with their insatiable front three.
And The Ox’s form has prompted Henry into a u-turn.
The Arsenal great has heaped praise on the 24-year-old’s performances and simultaneously aimed a sly dig at his former club over his treatment there.
Henry told Sky Sports: “[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves praise for what he’s done during his short time at Liverpool so far. But we didn’t see that clearly at Arsenal.
“For Liverpool, we are now seeing a midfielder that puts the pressure on the opposition at every opportunity, he wins the ball back, he scores goals and also gives assists.
“Now we can see clearly what type of player he is.
“We can now see clarity in his game and in what he’s being asked to do. That is what he is showing right now.”
He sounds convinced, but then he goes even further.
“All credit must go to Jurgen Klopp and Oxlade-Chamberlain himself,” Henry added.
“He is a different player from the one we saw at the Gunners and the Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen this Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the Emirates Stadium.”
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