Ox thanks Arsenal and fans, says it was tough but right to leave

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has thanked Arsenal fans for their support during his six years at the club, and while he admits it was a tough decision to leave, he feels he’s made the best decision for his career.

His desire to play in central-midfield has been a key driver to the departure, and just like Kieran Gibbs did yesterday he sent a message of thanks after the deal had been done.

Via his Instagram account, he said, “After six years, three FA Cup wins and countless incredible memories, the time has come for me to move on from Arsenal.

“I want to publicly thank Arsene, the coaching and club staff and my amazing team mates for all of the incredible opportunities I have been given. Thank you so much to you, the fans, who have always had my back – I honestly couldn’t be more grateful.

“The club, and my time here, will always mean a massive amount to me. I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and the decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years.

“But I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development.”

He was always a popular, if frustrating figure, and we’ll have to wait and see if he reaches his potential at Liverpool. Arsenal got good money for him, and it’s a deal that really shouldn’t generate the kind of anger towards the departing player as others have in the past.

Any anger ought to be directed towards the club who are, as yet, unwilling or unable to reinvest the transfer fee back into a squad which badly needs it.

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