Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he had to complete a deadline day move to Liverpool to improve himself as a player.

Speaking to The Times, the England international describes the decision to move to Anfield as one of the hardest he has had to make.

It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I want to thank the Arsenal fans who’ve always supported me. But I can’t apologise for my decision to leave. I want to get more out of myself.

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Liverpool completed a deal to sign the player from Arsenal on the final day of the window, in a deal believed to be worth around £40 million.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, were entering the final months of their contracts at the Emirates.

A new contract was always looking unlikely with the player citing his ambition to play centrally as one of the key factors in his decision to leave the club.