Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been commenting about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to quit The Emirates for Anfield.
Ahead of tonight’s Premier League encounter it was obvious that the topic would come up for discussion and it sounds like Wenger is a bit butthurt about the whole affair.
The 24-year-old midfielder made a £35m switch to Liverpool in the summer but has not been a regular starter under Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp.
“What do you want to be, a big player and not have to fight?” said the Frenchman.
“You can’t be a big player, sit in your rocking chair and say I do not want to fight. It doesn’t work like that.
“Every player has to fight. I am convinced it is an important part of being a top player.
“Is he sure of a place there? You are sure of a place nowhere.
“In a big club, you have big competition with some good players. That is absolutely normal.
“I offered him a contract to stay but in the end, he decided to go and we just had to try and get the best possible price.
“Sometimes it happens when one player who we don’t want to go, goes. We respect his decision and I have no problem with that.
“What’s important is that the players make a good career, preferably in your club. If it doesn’t happen, you still want them to have a good career.
“I personally think he will be an important player for England and will continue to develop.”