Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inspired Arsenal to a 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win at Emirates tonight, scoring the opener and setting up Lukas Podolski’s winner.
The Englishman started on the right wing and gave the Merseyside club plenty to think about with his powerful driving runs on the counter.
The victory went someway to restore parity after an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Brendan Rogers’ side last weekend, and now pitches them against Everton in next months FA Cup quarter final tie.
The Ox slotted home in the first half after some excellent work from youngster Yaya Sanogo, with the winger picking up a rebound from the Frenchman’s shot and shooting coolly beyond Liverpool’s goalkeeper.
The Reds enjoyed many of the games best chances but failed to muster an equalizer thanks to Lukasz Fabianski who enjoyed a tremendous evening between the sticks.
The Ox later latched onto a superb Mesut Ozil through-ball, boosting beyond Liverpool’s back line and providing a fantastic cutback for Podolski who made no mistake from close range.
While the plaudits will be rightfully directed toward Fabianski, Arsene Wenger will be pleased with the fantastic performance from Oxlade-Chamberlain who was inspirational.
At a time when Arsenal’s attack appears to lack the killer punch and pace, The Ox returns.