In Focus: Arsenal may be forced to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

According to reports in The Independent, Arsenal are willing to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool in a £25m deal this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Independent say the Gunners have offered the England international a new deal but he has so far refused to sign it.

If he doesn’t put pen to paper then the north London outfit will look to cash in on the 23-year-old this summer considering he has just one year remaining on his current contract, and Anfield looks to be his most likely destination.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the midfielder according to The Independent, and he would strengthen the Merseyside outfit on their return to the Champions League.

Why would Oxlade-Chamberlain want to go?

The 23-year-old moved to the Emirates six years ago from Southampton but he has failed to make the progress – or become a regular in the starting line-up – during that time and has suffered from a number of injuries, and he may feel that it is time for a change after Arsenal only qualified for the Europa League with a fifth-place finish last term.

Arsene Wenger still seems to be unsure of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position, although he did impress in a new role towards the end of last season.

How was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 2016/17 season?

It was pretty good, actually.

The 23-year-old made 45 appearances in all competitions – scoring six goals and providing a further 11 assists – but he also once again played in a variety of positions throughout the side.

The Three Lions star impressed in a right wing-back role when Wenger switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation, and perhaps now he has found his best position.

Where would he fit in at Liverpool?

It’s difficult to say.

At the moment the Reds play a 4-3-3 system and with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and now Mohamed Salah to choose from, Oxlade-Chamberlain would be more likely to feature in central midfield unless Klopp is willing to switch formations.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it does appear that the 23-year-old’s time with Arsenal could be coming to an end, and he may see a move to Liverpool as a chance to kick-start his stuttering career.