Arsenal “Agree £12m Deal” for Oxlade-Chamberlain

By on June 13, 2011

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Southampton to bring their young winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to the Emirates in a £12 million deal according to several news sources. It leaves both Liverpool and Manchester United, the two other clubs said to be in the race to sign the young English attacker defeated, in the shade as Arsenal make their second signing of the season.

Arsenal will unveil Oxlade-Chamberlain on the 1st July after tracking him for some time. Back in January, The Daily Mail claimed an “exclusive” that Arsenal had won the race for the player in a £5 million bid, which has clearly now been proved wildly inaccurate. At the time however, the players club Southampton would not settle for such a low fee, and demanded in excess of £10 million, which if we are to believe latest reports is what they have.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is only 17 years-old, and despite having clear potential, £12 million is both a lot of money for a young player and an uncharacteristically large amount of money for Arsene Wenger to spend. Having missed out on Phil Jones already, with Manchester United spending big, and Wenger being under increasing pressure to improve his team and win trophies, a swift transfer move is what is needed. Preferably, a successful one too, and at such a young age, the player will have plenty of time to prove himself.

But is another young signing what Arsenal need? Many fans have been calling for experience and quality rather than youth and potential which Wenger seems to prefer. Wenger’s first signing this summer was Carl Jenkinson of Charlton for £1 million, a 19 year-old defender, but if transfer links to Gervinho turn out successful, perhaps the faith that some have lost in Wenger will begin to emerge once again.

The player has been compared to Arsenal’s other English winger, Theo Walcott, and Chamberlain’s father, who used to be a footballer himself has encouraged his son to follow in Walcott’s footsteps and become and Arsenal player to learn under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. Mark Chamberlain said:

“Considering where he was at the beginning of the season and end of last season, to have the clubs we’ve been hearing about looking at him, he’s made great strides. But watching him and watching his performances I think it’s well deserved.”

“He’s only going to get better. A lot of people speak to me and say, ‘Maybe it’s too soon – look at Theo.’ But for me, I think Theo’s doing fantastic, he’s developing as a player, he’s still developing and he’s only young.”

“To develop at a place like Arsenal can’t be a bad thing. In my eyes, I’d like him to go there as soon as possible, and continue his development.”

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20 Comments

  1. gunner

    June 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

    you’re right, I think that this is a good transfer but wenger needs to buy other players to, player that increas the team immediately. certainly a defender to play next to vermaelen

  2. papeeylo

    June 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Gud 2hear dis but dere is Tym 4evrytin not like buyin unrape player dat cant add Values 2d team…how i wish his in England team dat is playin at d Uefa U21 i wil love 2See him displayin his talent…
    Omar re U watchin Uefa U21 pls i want U 2watch and see some prospect and Future Player such as Thiago of Spain wit his passin and talented but d most credit goes 2d next Ineista named Ander Herrera wat a brilliant performance…..i want Wenger 2See another prospect and talented Player named Bořek Dočkal play 4cezch republic pls check dis player value and his game play durin or in dere next match pls Omar do so.tanx

  3. kolawole

    June 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That a good signing, all we need is samba, a defensive player will do alongside with an experience attecker

  4. Abdullateef

    June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    It’s good 4 Wenger 2 buy experience player rather than youth and he should try 2 buy attaking and devensive mildfielders incase of injury.

  5. bamidele

    June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

    good signing, we need player like Samba,Gervinho in the team

  6. alex

    June 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I have met Alex Chamberlain briefly in Southampton he is a superb player with a great amount of confidence in someone so young, he would benefit any squad he was in.

  7. Alex

    June 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    i will be happy with the signing if Arsenal bring in one experienced defender, and preferably another to replace Squillaci who imo is not Arsenal quality.

    I am hopeful that the signing of Gervinho will be completed soon, in my mind he is a belated replacement for Eduardo who imo was missed last year as Arsenal didnt have enough attacking options.

    I am hoping for decent players to replace Denilson and Bendtner, for Almunia to leave, and for Wenger to give a serious talk to Diaby he needs to wisen up or leave!

    Obviously if Clichy is sold a replacement is required, preferably someone that is more defensively adept.

  8. Clintm15

    June 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It’s not ‘uncharacteristic’, Arsene spent exactly 12m to buy Walcott who was of similar age, similar position and from the exact same club.

  9. olasking

    June 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

    good signing, but will need centre back that should be Wenger priority these coming season

  10. Dan

    June 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Terrible signing. It’s like buying a top of the range spoiler to put on your cheap car. Wenger needs to dedicate our resources to improving the team, not carrying on with his failed policy of signing youth. O-C is nowhere near worth £12m and someone needs to revoke Wenger’s Economics Masters.

    WENGER OUT!!!

    P.S. Gervinho is average at best! Hardly a signing that we will be challenging for major honours next season. PATHETIC MANAGER!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!

  11. kolaoba

    June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    good signing.but arsene wenger still has to realize that youthful talents plus experience will fetch him results.

  12. kaypua

    June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I am hopeful that the signing of Gervinho will be completed soon,we need player like Samba,Gervinho

  13. Badru4arsenal

    June 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Indeed,i believe the future belongs to us. But Arsene Wenger,to be sincere with you as a patriotic arsenal fan,you need to bring in new experienced players who can give you the immediate result you need now.Gunner i would be for life.

  14. Dennis of kenya

    June 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    What happened to rumours about vertonghem coming to the Emirates. I’d luv 2 c Samba/Vertonghem, alvarez, falcao n possibly hazard in an arsenal shirt

  15. Oscar Den.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Gud signing. Add hazard, willian, rodwel, cahill n wickham he is a great talent 2. N wat abt luke shaw?

  16. maripahfar

    June 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    i not agree $12 for oxlade because he is young. wenger do not buy under 20 year old

  17. Arsenal1Again

    June 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    19 is not young at Arsenal. Remember Theo at that age, Jack now who’s one of the best players in the Premiership, Clichy at that age, Bendtner too and of course Cesc at that age, C’mon, a 19 year old at Arsenal is like a 25 year old in other teams.

  18. olat

    June 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    AW 12m on who/

  19. Arsenal Future Manager

    June 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

    That’s excellent for the future and possibly sooner than we think, he has the strength and is not a pushover, next we need to start looking at
    CB – ”Samba”
    LW OR ST – ”Hazard or Benzema’
    Squad player – Gervinho or N’Zogbia

  20. dave

    June 15, 2011 at 3:45 am

    What bull**** he hasnt signed for Arsenal! another fake rumour article

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