Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spent the final few seasons of his Arsenal career on the fringes.
The midfielder struggled to maintain a place in Arsene Wenger’s first team, and positioning seemed to be an issue.
For the majority of his six years at the North London outfit, Oxlade-Chamberlain was played as a winger, and prior to his January switch to Liverpool, the England international took on a wing-back role.
Since moving to Anfield, the 24-year-old has regular featured in the wide areas, but he has also been given more freedom under manager Jurgen Klopp.
After a slow start to his career on Merseyside, Oxlade-Chamberlain is now finding his feet and has been influential in recent fixtures.
On Wednesday night, the midfielder scored a thunderbolt of a goal in a 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
The strike, as well as his overall performance, caught the attention of Arsenal fans, who initially thought that selling Oxlade-Chamberlain was the right call.
Some have changed their tune after witnessing their former player’s display on Wednesday evening.
I’ve always said, Ox is a talented footballer. If he can improve his finishing and decision making, he’ll become a top lad.
And Wenger once said, He’ll fit in 4-3-3 formation as midfielder.
— Yudhistira Gallanto (@20gallantoarbi) April 4, 2018
Shout out to the Ox ? miss you at #AFC great goal!
— Nabil Naser (@Bul_Bul25) April 4, 2018
— ??Waseem Ahmed?? (@Wasi_03) April 4, 2018
The Ox would never have hit that from there for #AFC. No way would he have been allowed!
— Grovesy (@Grov_esy) April 4, 2018
— Akhil Vyas (@10akhil) April 4, 2018
— Abraham Joseph@D2D (@MAN3_AJ) April 4, 2018
Remember that really average player the Ox who we sold to Pool. His performance highlights Wenger's failings. I feel like teams around us are progressing, yet we keep on stagnating. Klopp is everything Arsenal need right now. #ChampionsLeague #WENGEROUTNOW #oxlade #LIVvMC
— Chas Avery (@ChasAvery88) April 4, 2018
— Will de Quetteville (@deq451) April 4, 2018