Can Oxlade-Chamberlain Come Back to Haunt His Former Employers?
The last time these two sides met, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was still an Arsenal player. The former Southampton midfielder left North London after seven seasons on Arsenal’s books and will line-up against his previous employers for the first time on December 22. The Gunners’ 4-0 defeat to Liverpool was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s last match for Arsene Wenger’s side and he is likely to receive an interesting reception here.
He arrived at Anfield on deadline day following a surprise £35 million move and will be pushing for a start against Arsenal. He played a full 90 minutes against Bournemouth during his side’s thumping 4-0 victory and has warned his former teammates that, “We’re in good form and we’ll be going there full of confidence.”
He admitted that it will be an “emotional” return to the Emirates and describes his time in North London as “special”, although he won’t let sentimentality get in the way of his performance. Here at BettingTop10, you can find details of all the top Irish online bookmakers including Stan James, who have made Liverpool 7/4 outsiders whilst they’ve priced up Oxlade-Chamberlain at 14/5 to net anytime during the 90 minutes.
Liverpool have been in rampant form on the road recently and they’ve scored 16 times in their last four away Premier League games. They won’t be afraid to move forward quickly as displayed during their last visit here when they emerged 4-3 winners. The Reds have been indebted to Mo Salah and Sadio Mane for their recent positive performances in the final third and they have been rewarded with nominations for the African Player of the Year award.
Salah is priced at 7/5 with Boylesports to score during the 90 minutes and he has already plundered 14 goals this campaign. His skill and precision could prove the difference between the two sides although all eyes are likely to be on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he makes his first return to the Emirates in a Liverpool shirt.