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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Chamberlain & Wenger have points to prove

Chamberlain will is on a mission to shut the doubters tonight!

Arsenal face Liverpool at the emirates tonight in a return leg of which the gunners were pummelled 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Arsene Wenger in his pre-match briefing hinted that the defeat in the hand of Liverpool represents one of the most painful or hard to forget defeats of his career, even though that defeat followed a pattern that has been repeated so frequently that it could have been predicted correctly.

Despite the pattern of heavy losses particularly against Liverpool often started by conceding very early, the clash tonight provide a great opportunity for Wenger to turn the table on Liverpool in the battle for top 4.

The eyes of the football world are watching again to see if history will be repeating itself or Wenger will take control with his team selection and tactics to deliver the 3points.

However, Wenger is not the only person that have something to prove tonight, former Arsenal and now Liverpool player, Alex-Oxlade  Chamberlain. The player spent 6years at Arsenal following his move from Southampton but reached his peak, stalled and even started declining at Arsenal at a tender age of 24years.

Chamberlain was deployed largely on the wing at Arsenal and was used in several other positions, an indication that the manager does not have a clue precisely how to utilise the player on long term basis, but the player knows exactly where he wants to play, in the midfield.

Chamberlain desperation to move from Arsenal saw him turned down an improved £180k a week contract extension and a £230 a week Chelsea move for a £140k a week at Liverpool, while he struggled at the very early stages of his move to Liverpool, perhaps expectedly, he has in recent week started showing the potential that saw Liverpool paid £35m for him in the summer.

His performance against Bournemouth where he assisted a goal and creates further 3 goal scoring chances has been hailed by pundits. He is taking his chances in the middle of the pack where he has always wanted and becoming more comfortable in the Liverpool squad.

The caveat here is that this may represent a good patch or flashes of brilliance which he has history of showing even at Arsenal, the jury is out to see his long term performances at Liverpool but tonight, he face a team he played in for 6yrs, the team he left in an acrimonious circumstance and so there is an extra incentive for him to perform to shut the doubters that he has made a right call to move on.

 

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