Arsenal have set their sights on another Southampton youngster, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England under-18 international has become a revelation in League One this campaign after breaking into the first team.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is just 17-years old and he is the second youngest player to ever represent the Saints behind Theo Walcott. He is naturally a central midfielder because of his impressive touch and ability to pick a pass but Nigel Adkins has been playing him out wide because of his explosive pace and this has worked effectively.
He is yet another player to come out of the Southampton academy, following players such as Gareth Bale, Walcott and the great Matthew Le Tissier. The 17-year old has made ten league starts this season, scoring four goals. He is rapdily becoming a huge hit with the fans and the interest from Arsenal is not very suprising given the young lad’s potential. The Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley has been to see him in action and a future transfer looks to be on the cards after being impressed with what Oxlade-Chamberlain had to offer.
Many readers may now be thinking; “But he’s English? He’s not French? What’s Wenger playing at?” But on the flipside, it’s good for England, knowing there are players out their interesting the big clubs and the future can be bright if we develop our players properly as we are seeing with Jack Wilshere and co.
The question now is, can Southampton keep their young starlet or will the money and attraction of better football mean he joins the Gunners? Only time will tell.
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