Arsenal Confirm Signing Of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain In £15m Deal
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton on a long-term contract with the youngster going straight into the first team squad.
The 17-year-old is thought to have joined Arsenal in a £15m deal, with the Gunners paying £12m up front with a further £3m in add-ons.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is a versatile attacker who can play in several positions up front and in midfield and is incredibly quick, drawing comparisons with fellow ex-Saints star Theo Walcott. Speaking to Arsenal.com, manager Arsene Wenger said:
“We are delighted that Alex has decided to join us.
“He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right.
“Alex is a perceptive passer of the ball and has a great understanding of the game and looks to be a very good team player.”
Wenger continued: “Alex has done extremely well during his development with Southampton and we are looking forward to him progressing even further and fulfilling his huge potential with Arsenal Football Club.”
“I’m so excited to be joining Arsenal. It’s a fantastic club and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of playing football at the highest level.
“Arsenal have a great manager in Arsène Wenger, top quality players and an attractive style of play. These were all important factors in me choosing to sign for Arsenal.
“I’m proud to be joining Arsenal, but I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Southampton for their help and support during the early part of my career, for which I will always be grateful.”
“I’m now looking forward to meeting all my new team mates and giving absolutely everything in an Arsenal shirt.”
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