|Desc||Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a regular feature at Arsenal since he was 17 until his sale to Liverpool on deadline day, Oxlade-Chamberlain failed to fulfil his potential at the Emirates Stadium. The debate rages on about the England international’s best position but his best form for Arsenal is fresh in the memory, coinciding with a drastic change in system|
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|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2017 11 24 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explain why he turned down the opportunity to play for Conte and joined Liverpool instead - a week after his deadline-day switch to Merseyside] I want to help myself as well, I’ve got aspirations of improving myself and I know how much I want to develop. One of the main reasons I took myself out of my comfort zone was to try and push myself and really see how far I can push those boundaries. Ultimately, I want more from myself
2020 01 22 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain states winning is becoming a habit] The way you can explain something like that is if you look at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the bar they have set for years and years and years, they might go one season or calendar year scoring 70 goals [and] if they hit 45 the next year they are probably not satisfied and the people around are probably not satisfied any more.
Once you have proven to yourself and externally what you can achieve and the levels you can hit, that’s when the difference is. When you consistently hit them year after year, or as close to, is when you will be satisfied with yourself and others will be satisfied.
That’s why the likes of those two players I just mentioned go down as the greatest – because they have been able to keep that up for year on year on year, for 10 or 15 years. That’s nothing to think lightly of, it’s unbelievably hard.
When I look at last season, how it finished and we didn’t win the league with 97 points, you’ve also got to respect what Man City managed to do that year, the year after they won it with 100 points.
To then go and get 98 points the next season takes a lot of mental strength and it takes that sort of desire to go again the next year and not be satisfied with what you’ve done. To keep churning out game after game the next year takes a lot of doing and you’ve got to respect that.
We’re on a good track at the minute. Ninety-seven points and you’ve got that disappointment, that made us hungry for this year again. We’re going well at the minute. But it’s the same mentality of nothing is done yet, the job is not done.
Winning trophies and winning matches is the same thing – once that’s what you’ve got your mindset on doing, you do it one week and you’ve got to keep doing it every week. That’s the sort of space we’re in.
As Adam [Lallana] said, it does become an addiction. It takes a lot of mental strength as well. We’ve got a good group of lads here and a great manager to keep pushing for that, so I don’t think that will be an issue. It does become something you’re hungry for.
We’re definitely hungry but we’re nowhere near finished and we’re not at the target we need to get to. We’ve got to stay hungry and keep pushing, then hopefully we get the results that we’re after.
ust to be available to help this team where I can. Obviously being out for pretty much the whole of last season, my main aim this year was to make sure I stayed available and when I was called on I put in the work and contributed to this team wherever I could.
That’s really all I’m focused on for this year, being a part of this team and helping this team achieve what we want to achieve.
Anything along the way – goals or anything like that – is a bonus. For me, just to be fit, have a good season and a consistent one of playing when needed – that was my main target this year.
And obviously I want to be able to bring the things I brought to the team before I got injured, so try to be an attacking midfielder that can assist the boys up front when I play.
And also make sure I’m at the levels defensively that this team requires and the manager requires of the midfield boys to be able to play and be reliable to play.
Other than that, I’m just happy as long as this team keeps pushing forward and I can be a part of that. That’s exactly what I want.
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals playing position was key behind transfer from Arsenal to Liverpool] 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’ [at Arsenal].
[Even so, it was the prospect of playing in his best role which most enticed the No. 15 to change clubs, especially after starting his last campaign with Arsenal as a wing-back] 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. sWhen 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. 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
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals new look after losing bet with Jamie Carragher] Carra. The deed is done. Sideburns are looking shockingly bad. Didn’t want to go anywhere near them, was very scared. Trim is not helping anything. I’ve left the ‘tache on for good measure, because why not? I’m looking like my dad back in the 80s. But a bet is a bet. Well played mate