OFFICIAL: Liverpool sign Arsenal midfielder Chamberlain for reported £35m (PHOTOS)

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OFFICIAL: Liverpool sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for reported £35m on a long-term contract.

Chamberlain’s contract with Arsenal is set to expire next summer and it is widely reported that he refuses to extend it.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, England, Chamberlain joined the academy of Southampton aged seven and went on to make his League One senior debut at 16 years 199 days, becoming Saints’ second youngest player ever behind Theo Walcott.

In 2010/11 season, Chamberlain became a regular for Southampton and subsequently moved to Arsenal the next summer.

Having made his Arsenal debut in the 8-2 away defeat to Manchester United, Chamberlain’s status in the Gunners’ squad can only be discribed as half regular at best, as he never made more than 30 league appearances in any of his six full seasons with Arsenal. He has scored 20 goals for the Gunners.

Chamberlain is also a regular squad player for England national team.

Statement Official

Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

The England international penned a long-term contract with the Reds after a medical was conducted at St George’s Park, where the 24-year-old is currently on duty with his country.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made 132 Premier League appearances for the Gunners during his six years in north London, and has 27 caps for the Three Lions to date.

The midfielder, the club’s fourth signing of the summer, bolsters Jürgen Klopp’s squad as Liverpool prepare to compete in three domestic competitions and the Champions League.

In a message to Reds fans after sealing the move, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.

“I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood and you’ll hear first from me on LFCTV.”

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