Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool move was ‘hardest decision of his life’ and explains reason for Arsenal exit

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool Celebrates the opener during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Chamberlain has already won silverware in his short time at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has opened up on the ‘hardest decision’ of his life to leave Arsenal, revealing the move was based on being played out of position rather than a lack of trophies.

The England international spent seven years in north London, winning three FA Cups before making the switch to Merseyside in 2017.

After spending the majority of the 2018-19 season out with a serious knee injury, Chamberlain returned towards the end of the campaign as the Reds were crowned European champions for the sixth time.

However, the 26-year-old says his move was not motivated by a desire for silverware, telling Ian Wright: ‘I wouldn’t say I wanted to leave Arsenal because I didn’t believe we could win.

‘I just didn’t believe I was going to be able to play where I wanted to play and that was it.

‘Me winning the Champions League was obviously a dream come true and a massive bonus but I didn’t feel like, “Ah, I told you so”.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal
The Ox joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 (Picture: Getty Images)

 ‘It was a big decision for me to leave a club like Arsenal. It was everything I knew at the top level for seven years.

‘When you’ve been at a club like that for seven years… it’s a club where you love being and it’s more than just a football club, it’s a family culture.

‘When I had to make the decision to leave, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make and to be honest there was a part of me that didn’t know if it was the right thing.’

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger deployed Chamberlain in a multitude of roles such as winger and wing-back, which he felt did not suit his game.

He added: ‘I feel a lot of my best performances for Arsenal came in midfield but I never played consistently in that position.

‘The first game of that season I switched with Hector [Bellerin]. First game I played on the left [wing-back], he played on the right and second game we switched.

‘I thought, “I’ve got to take the risk, I’ve got to take the chance. I don’t want to look back at the end and think I didn’t try”.’

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