Klopp refuses to blame Wenger for lack of Ox development


Over the course of seven seasons with Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain's career trajectory was both counter-intuitive and indicative of much of what is now wrong with the club. Depending on perspective, Oxlade-Chamberlain's time at Arsenal might be taken as further evidence of Arsene Wenger's late-career struggle to fully develop youngsters - see Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Serge Gnabry and Walcott among others - or a sign of some competitive and psychological malaise in the dressing room which caused so much potential to drift by the wayside.

"It's an incredible place to play, it was stable, you build relationships, but I felt I had to do it for football reasons to try and better myself".

With the words of his manager ringing in his ears, the 24-year-old took aim against Manchester City 20 minutes into their Champions League quarter-final first leg and let fly probably one of the sweetest shots he has ever hit.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was accused of not reaching the next level while at Arsenal, but Klopp insists the midfielder does not blame Wenger for that and only needed a change in environment. They were working together for six years or something like that.

'He never blamed Arsene Wenger for not improving enough, or whatever.

'Being in a different place, sometimes, can be better but only if you are aware of your problems. "I showed myself that if it's on more often I can keep doing it". The goal - I need to produce more moments like that.

Redknapp reckons an exit was inevitable and claims Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular has flourished since packing his bags.

It was the midfielder's delicious strike that was the pick of the lot, however, and Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted by the Daily Star as he spoke of his delight at the goal that handed his side the initiative on the night.

"He was ready to work hard and there is a different style of football". That gives you the opportunity to do things you're not used to, and that's what helped him.

"It was never bad, only because Ox as a kid was an outstanding talent that people said it was not exactly what we had imagined, but he is an outstanding talent still and there is still a lot of things to improve - no problem with that".

"We can't make him quicker - we don't have to".