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Arsenal Beat Rivals To Seal Deal For £5m English Youngster

The Daily Mail claim an “exclusive”  in relation to the young Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who has been compared to current Arsenal winger Theo Walcott – close to a £5 million move to Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has apparently had to move for the 17 year-old after he attracted interest from top Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, and are the favourites to sign the League 1 starlet because of the Gunners previous dealings involving Theo Walcott.

Chamberlains dad, Mark, a former footballer and winger himself, has worked with both Walcott and of course his son, and thinks – with probably a hint of bias, that his son is overall, the more gifted; ‘I’ve worked with both. As an all-round technical player Alex has more to offer.’

Liverpool had also been strongly linked to the young winger, as new manager Kenny Dalglish looks for support for under performing Fernando Torres. A figure of £10 million had been suggested, and that is the price that the buying club will probably, in the end have to pay, considering the amount of games he gets and so on. It seems a steep amount for such a young player who is unproven at the highest quality to me, but I’m sure I will be proved wrong.

Do Arsenal need Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain though? They have Walcott already, and both players play in the same position and from what I hear have pretty much the same qualities. They both started off at Southampton and both claim the one and two spot in the Southampton statistics of youngest appearance maker. Lets hope that the player, no matter if he does jump ship to Arsenal or not, can show the potential that his father, the Southampton coaching staff and scouts of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all obviously see.

It has been said that Theo Walcott would have benefited from staying at Southampton a few seasons longer instead of jumping into such a higher League so soon, and that way, he may have gained more experience and made a bigger impact at Arsenal. Perhaps Arsenal, if the deal does go through should consider loaning Chamberlain back to Southampton or a Championship side for first team football.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. dave

    January 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I think Arsenal need to buy for now, rather than buying for the future. they are always buying for the future but they never get anywhere. Wengers best team was a team of experienced, older players. Cant he see that?

  2. Dave2

    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

    What an awful artical. They claim quite clearly that the deal is done, then put an if at the end. Chamberlain will not leave Saints this season, I would bet my hat on it!

  3. James

    January 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I think you are well off the mark with only 5m. If he moves this season.. and i believe its a huge ‘if’ .. it would be a far greater number than that.
    Its not just bias from his Father. I saw both players break through at Saints and Oxo-cube is more physically developed than Walcott was. Otherwise the similarities between them are very evident.
    This lad is as good as i’ve seen.. and i saw the debuts of Bale, Bridge, Shearer, Davies, Walcott, Wallace (brothers), Beattie.

    Personally I think Oxo will still be at Saints for another 18 months (he has a new 5 year contract).

    By the way, he’s not even the best player at Southampton (Adam Lallana). .. The future’s bright, the future’s at St Mary’s.

  4. Steven

    January 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I agree that Arsenal should buy and loan him back to the same club or any other championship club for his development. But good as this sounds, there’s a way Arsenal play and you stand more chance of successfully getting a player ingrained into that style at an early age. As to the similarity between Alex and Walcott, I’ll say it brings more competition into the team and that of course means a ‘healthy rivalry’ between them;a plus for the team so that Walcott knows that he cant afford to slip up or else someone is close behind him to take his position!For Alex, it means he knows he must raise his game at an early age to get into the team.If he is truly more ‘technically gifted’, he has to get on the pitch every time and PROVE it.

  5. demongooner

    January 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

    rubbish article from daily mail, lazy journalism, what more can i say

  6. loadofbull

    January 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    what a rubbish claim…
    realise that Southampton have 3 things in place they never had when they sold Walcott.

    1… Oxlaide is under a 3 year contract
    2….Southampton are a rich club now
    3 .. They have a chairman that is capable of saying NO
    unlike Rupert ‘yesman’ Lowe

  7. abdukareem

    January 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

    arsenal has been buying 4 the future for so many years,shall we ever see da future!!

  8. seagoon

    January 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Get him now before “buy anything that moves” Spurs go for him. LOan him back for a couple of seasons if necessary.

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