On this Day in 2011 – Arsenal sign 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Arsenal splashed out an initial £12million to sign rising English star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton on this day in 2011.

After being handed his Gunners debut as a second-half substitute in the 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United, the 17-year-old midfielder made an instant impact in a first home appearance, scoring in the 3-1 Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was also on target again the following week when he became Arsenal’s youngest scorer in the Champions League after an early goal against Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium.

Soccer – Carling Cup – Third Round – Arsenal v Shrewsbury Town – Emirates Stadium
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) scored his first Arsenal goal in the Carling Cup – and was soon on target again in the Champions League (Sean Dempsey/PA)

Having missed the 2014 FA Cup final through a groin problem, Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench during the closing stages of the 2015 FA Cup final to set up Olivier Giroud for the last goal of a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

But injuries have never been far away throughout Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career. In February 2016, a serious knee injury picked up against Barcelona and then a subsequent setback during rehabilitation saw the midfielder miss the rest of the campaign and also forced him out of contention for Euro 2016.

After again lifting the FA Cup following a 2-0 win over Chelsea, Oxlade-Chamberlain made his big career move on August 31 2017, choosing to leave the Gunners and sign a five-year contract with Liverpool in a deal worth around £35million.

Injury problems, though, would soon strike again.

The midfielder suffered another knee issue during the Champions League semi-final against Roma – one which would subsequently rule him out for the rest of the campaign and also end any hopes of making England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

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He would also feature in the squad for the 2019 Champions League victory over Tottenham, but did not play in Madrid.

After signing a contract extension through until 2024, Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a full campaign for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to claim the Premier League title for the first time – and so end a 30-year wait for the top-flight championship crown at Anfield.

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