ARSENE WENGER has told Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: “big stars don’t sit in their rocking chair refusing to fight for a place”.

The Ox returns to Arsenal on Friday for the first time since his £35million move to Liverpool  in August.

He left after failing to nail down a first-team spot and his old boss Wenger said: “What do you want to be, a big player and not have to fight?

“You can’t be a big player, sit in your rocking chair and say I do not want to fight.

“It doesn’t work like that. Every player has to fight and continue to fight.

“I am convinced it is an important part of being a top player.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, hoped a move to Anfield would assure him of more first-team starts.

But so far ten of his 15 Premier League games for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp have been as a sub.

 Under Jurgen Klopp ten of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 15 Premier League games have been as a sub

Oxlade Chamberlain left to work under klopp

Wenger said: “Is he sure of a place there? You are sure of a place nowhere.

“In a big club you have big competition with some good players. That is absolutely normal.”

But Wenger admits he did not want the England midfielder to leave.

He said: “I offered him a contract to stay but in the end he decided to go and we just had to try and get the best possible price.

Sometimes it happens when one player who we don’t want to go, goes.

“We respect his decision and I have no problem with that. What’s important is that the players make a good career, preferably in your club.

“If it doesn’t happen, you still want them to have a good career.

“I personally think he will be an important player for England and will continue to develop if he decides to work hard.”


Arsenal and Liverpool will meet for the 2nd tim this season with the Gunners eager to revenge the 4-0 reverse at Anfield in August.

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