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Liverpool are reportedly ready to take advantage of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following reports he is wanted by former club Arsenal.

The Gunners are reportedly considering bringing the midfielder back to the Emirates after his injury in Merseyside.

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Arteta wants to bring former teammate Oxlade-Chamberlain back to Emirates

Oxlade-Chamberlain has collapsed in the pecking order at Anfield, and it is claimed Mikel Arteta wants him to return to north London.

The 28-year-old has won the FA Cup three times in his six years at Arsenal, while he also won a Community Shield treble.

He wouldn’t be the first player to seek solace in joining a team where they had made a name for themselves, but not all homecoming has been a success.

Here talkSPORT.com takes a look at other Premier League stars who have returned to their former squads …

Cristiano Ronaldo

Club: Manchester United (2003-2009, 2021-)

Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford was the business of the summer and the Portuguese hit the ground running on his second stint at the club.

The 36-year-old has scored three goals in his first three league starts and he has scored in United’s opening two group matches in the Champions League.

Ronaldo’s form has been so good that the forward won the Premier League award for September in his first month back in the division.

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Ronaldo has started well at United, but the team is floundering

Romelu Lukaku

Club: Chelsea (2011-2014, 2021-)

Lukaku was another big name returning this summer as he joined the Blues in a £ 97.5million move ten years after coming as a teenager.

The Belgian struggled during his first stint at Chelsea and moved to Everton in 2014 before joining Inter Milan after a two-year stint at Man United.

After a quick start to the season, Lukaku drew for the fourth consecutive time in a 3-1 win over Southampton before the international break.

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Lukaku suffers from mini-drought in Chelsea

Paul pogba

Club: Manchester United (2011-2012, 2016-)

Pogba left Old Trafford for Juventus for a meager £ 1.5million after just seven first-team appearances in 2012 at the age of 19.

Four years later, United paid a world record £ 89million to re-sign him after the Frenchman won four league titles with the Serie A giants.

Pogba has been a regular with the Red Devils since his return and helped them win the Europa League, but his performances have divided opinions.

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Pogba is in the last year of his Man United contract

Gareth Bale

Club: Tottenham Hotspur (2007-2013, 2020-2021)

Bale became one of the best players of the Premier League era during his first six-year stint at White Hart Lane.

The Welshman sealed a world record transfer fee to join Real Madrid in 2013 in which he won four Champions League titles and two in Ligas.

Bale returned on loan last season and despite having 15 goals in 32 appearances, the move didn’t have the impact he would have liked.

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Bale was slow to catch on but had a productive end to the 2020/21 season

Didier drogba

Club: Chelsea (2004-12, 2014-15)

Drogba initially left Stamford Bridge as one of the Blues’ greatest players to win 10 major trophies, including three league titles.

The Ivorian’s last kick for Chelsea in their first spell was the winning penalty kick in their very first Champions League triumph before leaving on a free kick.

Drogba returned two years later after stints in China and Turkey where he added another Premier League trophy but only managed four goals.

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Drogba was carried on the shoulders of his Chelsea team-mates in his last game for the club

Thierry Henry

Club: Arsenal (1999-2007, 2012 – loan)

The Frenchman enjoyed a fairytale return to north London for a two-month stint with the New York Red Bulls in 2012 after leaving as the club’s top scorer.

Henry, who joined Arsenal from Juventus for £ 10.5million in 1999, won two league titles – including one unbeaten – and three FA Cups in his debut spell.

Still, he managed to make his short comeback memorable by scoring a late winner in an FA Cup match against Leeds in his first return leg.

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Henry scored a dramatic winner against Leeds on his return

Wayne rooney

Club: Everton (2002-04, 2017-18)

Rooney burst onto the Goodison Park stage at the age of 16 before United spent £ 27million to sign him in 2004.

England’s record scorer has won five Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup titles at Old Trafford.

After becoming United’s top scorer, Rooney joined his childhood club for a season in 2017 in which he was also the Toffees’ top scorer.

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Rooney’s second stay at Everton ended prematurely

Juninho

Club: Middlesbrough (1995-97, 1999-2000 – loan, 2002-04)

Juninho remains a fan favorite at Riverside Stadium after the three different stays he has spent at the club during his career.

The Brazilian helped Boro reach the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997, but couldn’t stop his relegation that year and moved to Atletico Madrid.

A leg injury hampered his progress on his return to loan in 1999, but he got a fitting end when he signed for the third time for £ 6million three years later and helped Middlesbrough to the Carling Cup.

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Juninho is a Middlesbrough hero

Jermain Defoe

Club: Tottenham (2004-08, 2009-14, 2014 – loan)

Defoe has also technically enjoyed three Stays at Spurs after first joining the club from West Ham in 2004 for £ 7million.

The forward became a regular with England during this time before a season at Portsmouth was sandwiched between his return to White Hart Lane.

Defoe made two appearances on loan after joining Toronto FC before the start of the MLS season and he is finally gone for good as Tottenham’s sixth-leading scorer.

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Defoe is still loved by Tottenham fans

Robbie fowler

Club: Liverpool (1993-2001, 2006-7)

The fact that Fowler’s nickname is “God” should tell you all about how the forward is viewed at Anfield.

The 46-year-old has scored 171 goals in 330 games and he became Liverpool’s all-time Premier League top scorer when he left for Leeds in 2001.

Injuries and poor form saw Man City sever Fowler’s contract five years later and allow him to return to Merseyside for another season and a half where he passed Kenny Dalglish as the Reds’ sixth-leading scorer.

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Fowler remains worshiped in Merseyside to this day

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