8 stars who returned to their old club as Oxlade-Chamberlain linked with Arsenal

There's an old English proverb saying you should never go home, or back for that matter.

But in the ever-changing world of football, it happens quite often, whether it be the return of a prodigal son or a hero back at his old stomping grounds.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to be the latest to take a step back to take two forwards.

The midfielder is linked with a return to Arsenal after falling down the pecking order at Liverpool.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at eight players who returned to a club after spending time away, for better or for worse.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United (2021)

The latest high profile name to return to an old club is Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

The 36-year-old ended his spell in Turin to return to the side that he left in 2009 for a then world-record fee.

And it looked like Ronaldo, who continues to defy ageing, hadn't missed a beat when he walked out at Old Trafford for a highly anticipated 3pm clash with Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Ronaldo put his name on the scoresheet twice, even after Javier Manquillo had threatened to spoil the proceedings.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan (2020)

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Another man who continues to defy the ageing process is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

When the 6ft 4in Swede left Manchester United in 2018, many believed that Ibrahimovic's days in Europe were over as he moved stateside to ply his trade at LA Galaxy.

But Ibrahimovic had other ideas, and he returned to AC Milan, who he had left in 2012 for PSG, in 2020.

And at the tender age of 40, Zlatan is still a regular on the scoresheet.

Who else returned to an old club? Let us know in the comments section

Carlos Tevez – Boca Juniors (2018)

It seems that Carlos Tevez was born to play for Boca Juniors, and the former Manchester City man has had three separate spells at La Bombonera.

As a youngster, Tevez left his local side with a European dream, and after spells at West Ham, United, City, and Juventus, Tevez returned home.

But after a year back in Buenos Aires, Tevez left for the millions promised with a move to the Chinese Super League.

However, Tevez returned, once more, in 2018, and he led the side to two Primera División titles, as well an infamous Copa Libertadores final against bitter rivals River Plate.

Robin van Persie – Feyenoord (2018)

As a Rotterdam native, it was only a matter of time before a boy with the talent of Robin van Persie ended up at the city's biggest side: Rotterdam.

But Van Persie and Feyenoord's manager Bert van Marwijk, and it led to him leaving in 2004.

Arsenal took a chance on the Dutchman, despite his disciplinary issues, and he moved to Emirates before leaving to join United almost a decade on to chase his Premier League dream.

But Van Persie returned to Feyenoord in 2018, and he won the KNVB Cup.

Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund (2016)

Was Mario Gotze ever truly happy at Bayern Munich?

The German had the world at his feet in 2013, but he looked genuinely gutted in the stands when Borussia Dortmund lost to Bayern in the Champions League final.

Gotze was announced as a Bayern player a couple of weeks later, however, a return to Dortmund was welcomed with open arms.

It's not been an easy ride for the now-PSV midfielder, and he has myopathy, a muscular disease, that has kept Gotze away from the pitch.

Paul Pogba – Manchester United (2016)

In 2012, the Red Devils allowed Paul Pogba to walk away to Juventus on a free transfer.

And Pogba promptly transformed into one of the world's finest midfielders at the heart of an exciting Juve side.

But when the Red Devils came calling once more – Pogba couldn't turn down the opportunity to right some wrongs.

So four years after leaving for free, United smashed the world transfer record to bring Pogba back.

Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid (2015)

In his early days at Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres showed promise, and at Liverpool that promised blossomed into one of the world's best strikers.

However, an infamous move to Chelsea threw Torres' career off the rails.

Despite this, 45,000 people were in attendance to see the prodigal son return to Atleti when he was announced as a loan signing from Milan.

That loan turned permanent, and Torres saw out the rest of his European playing days in the Spanish capital.

Thierry Henry – Arsenal (2012)

Thierry Henry's brief return to Arsenal in 2012 was pure Hollywood, well for the first night at least.

Henry had become a legend at Highbury, but he left in pursuit of Champions League glory.

After spending time in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls, Henry announced he would be joining Arsenal on loan for three months.

His first night back, a League cup clash with Leeds, Henry rolled back the years with a winner to the delight of the Gunners faithful.

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