Arsenal’s greatest ever player turned Sky Sports pundit, Thierry Henry, has criticised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Englishman was sold by the Gunners to join Liverpool on transfer deadline day for a cool £35m, but endured a horrible debut against Manchester City on Saturday.
He came on with Liverpool 2-0 down and reduced to ten men, and watched City tear us apart to finish 5-0 winners.
The midfielder’s last game for Arsenal was a 4-0 loss to Liverpool, so it’s fair to say he’s not enjoyed the past few weeks from a footballing perspective.
“I always thought he didn’t really flourish at Arsenal,” Henry told Sky Sports, cited in the Daily Mail.
“I was surprised with what he said… very telling of what he thought he didn’t have at arsenal because he said he’s going there to make sure Klopp can improve him as a player, he sees Klopp as a guy who can make him a better player.
“You have to bring something on the table. I have been watching him for a very long time and I still don’t know what he’s good at.
“Where he’s going to play… I actually don’t know, it’s a bit tricky on the wings to play for Liverpool and as a No.10 – Coutinho is back.
“He also need to bring something to the table in order to get better, it’s not only the manager.”
First up, it’s unfair to blame Oxlade-Chamberlain for Saturday’s capitulation.
Our entire team was awful and in no way should he be judged for it.
Henry’s right that the player obviously needs to stand up and be counted, but there’s six more games in September and we’ll be able to offer a far more accurate opinion on him once we’ve seen him start some matches.