The Myth of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Last night Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his 1st goal in 12 games for club and country.

Since joining Liverpool, he has played less than 50% of the available minutes. Let’s stop pretending that he is anything but an average, inconsistent footballer.

It almost feels with Oxlade-Chamberlain that there are multiple agendas at work.

Firstly you have the media. Every time he has a good game, they bash on about how much he has improved since leaving Arsenal for Liverpool – even though he hasn’t. This suits their duel agenda of bashing Arsenal and praising Liverpool.

Then we have The Arsenal fans, who blamed Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lack of progression on Arsene Wenger.

Now whenever Oxlade-Chamberlain has a good game, they use it as a way to bash the Frenchman. To highlight how much a player can improve under a “proper coach” like Jürgen Klopp. There are plenty of things to criticise Wenger for, but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lack of drive to improve himself is not one.

The reality is Oxlade-Chamberlain has not improved. He is still the same inconsistent ball of frustration he was at Arsenal.

Capable of moments of brilliance, such as his goal last night against Manchester City, and then weeks and weeks of dross and poor performances and miss placed passes.

He will stick one in the top corner (every 10-15 games) then spend put 4 crosses in a row over the bar. Or over hit half a dozen cross field balls. Or run with his head down until he is suddenly over the by-line.

The only difference now, for Arsenal fans, is we do not notice the average 10 performances in between two great games because we no longer watch him every week.

We see him when he scores a screamer, like against Manchester City, and think “gosh hasn’t he improved”, forgetting that his last decent game – also against Manchester City – was a dozen games ago.

The fact that in a fully fit midfield, he does not start for Liverpool. That he has started less than 50% of the league games under Jürgen Klopp. Averages 46 minutes a game in the Premier League (which drops below 40 minutes when you add Champions League and the cups) shows that even Klopp does not trust him.

He was fantastic last night. As were Liverpool. No one saw them beating Manchester City, and he was key in that. But that is the point.

Sandwiched between his 2 9 out of 10 performances against Manchester City, he went missing against Swansea, WBA and Southampton. And barely got off the bench against Huddersfield, Tottenham and Watford.

Since joining Liverpool, he has played 90 minutes just 8 times. He is often the first man taken off when he starts.

Liverpool fans would agree that he has been a flop, that he has been average. The only reason they do not is because they do not want to admit Arsenal got one over them, that he was not a waste of £40m. Their fans are deluded that everything Jurgen Klopp is great – even though this will be his 3rd season without a trophy.

Last night was his 5th goal of the season. Not exactly Ballon D’or worthy is it? In fact, he has now drawn level with Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal.

He is not exactly doing what Mo Salah is doing for Liverpool, or what Raheen Sterling is doing for Manchester City. He isn’t even out performing Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.

Let’s call a spade a spade. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still the frustratingly inconsistent player that many fans called “dead wood” and were happy to get £40m for.

And no amount of Nivea will change that.


8 thoughts on “The Myth of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

  1. Julius

    Are you serious? “No one saw them beating Manchester City”.. You just as deluded as your pamphlet of nonsense… When was the last time Man City beat Liverpool at Anfield?


  2. AS

    ‘And no amount of Nivea will change that.’ ROFLLLLL

    Dont agree with the article though. its his first season at a new club. We have to agree that he is doing better than he ever did at Arsenal. Let’s put it like this, he has had more impact at liverpool than Lacca has had at Arsenal.


    1. keenosafc Post author

      Thats the point, he is doing no better. His goals / Games is about the same, his minutes on the pitch and starts is about the same, his missplaced cross field passes is about the same. Lets not pretend that he is having to adapt to a different league…


  3. abergooner

    Lets be honest here – he was improving in his last year at our club and we wanted him to stay, he is now looking like the player we hoped he could be. Still not a top level consistent performer but better than some players we currently have ( Iwobi, Danny,Theo at the time, Wilshere? ) and he seems to be on the up. We got a good deal for him so we should all be happy no?


    1. keenosafc Post author

      I always find the comparison to Walcott interesting.

      Ox looks great, but produces little, Walcott looks poor, but produces a lot

      Walcott – 1 goal in 3.6 games
      Ox – 1 in 10

      For me, Ox plays where Ramsey currently does, I know who I would prefer…



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