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£15m Ace Explains Why He Chose Arsenal Over Rivals

Arsenal’s new £15 million signing and exciting future prospect, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has explained his reasons for choosing the Gunners over other big clubs interested in him.

It is already being predicted that Oxlade-Chamberlain will become a better player than the last Southampton player to make it in the Premier League with Arsenal, Theo Walcott. Former Arsenal midfielder, Stewart Robson said in no uncertain terms that the soon to be 18 year-old midfielder has more talent, technical ability and intelligence than Walcott and so will clearly “be a better player than Walcott.”

The player himself therefore has a lot of expectation on his young shoulders, and many eyes will be watching him to see how he develops as a footballer at Arsenal. Chamberlain believes that he has chosen correctly in joining Arsenal because it is the best place to learn as a footballer. He said:

“I’ve never really been a mad fan of anyone but Arsenal definitely were one of the teams I’ve always followed. I think that’s the best way to learn to play football, watching the boys play at Arsenal.”

Having followed Arsenal as a child, he has always looked up to the clubs all time top scorer and current New York Red Bulls player, Thierry Henry, who had a very fruitful time at the old Highbury, becoming a favourite among fans. This factor also played a part in his decision to join Arsenal:

“As I was growing up, he was always star man on Match of the Day. All the highlights were basically of him because he was always scoring, week in, week out.

The goals he scored were fantastic and the play he created around him with the rest of the players, it was just exciting to watch.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wneger hasn’t been having too smooth a time with some sections of fans who have been eager for additions to the squad to keep up with the big spenders in Manchester United and Manchester City this summer, who both apparently showed interest in Chamberlain.

However, Wenger has his new signings full backing. In fact, Wenger’s presence helped Chamberlain in choosing Arsenal:

“That was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Arsenal, because I really believe that he knows what he’s doing. I think he knows what to do to develop me in the best way.”

His performances for Southampton have been extremely encouraging, and Arsenal fans will be hoping the step up to the Premier League will not faze him or halt his progress, as this is a talent many a club will be envious about missing out on.

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  1. Sarvan

    August 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Again a KId… wow jenkinson now chamberlain or whatever….14 M Euro for chamberlain is very soar to read, when 17M Euro could have brought us cahill,jagielka or even 6M euro for mertesacker. why chamberlain when you have walcott,miyachi,rosicky,gervinho,arshavin,lansbury,ramsey or even unsold eboue could be used as attacking winger(hoping nasri leaves). Somebody say to wenger he is really out of his minds.

    • Splurggh

      August 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Chill out. A defender will be coming. most likely one of the three you have mentioned too. So just wait a bit.
      Just be happy there’s a new kid in the squad who’s good enough to kick some of the others up the arse a bit. I already think he would be more effectibe than Rosicky, Eboue and probably Lansbury too. I also think we’re more likely to see Arsenal revert to 4-4-2 at least as a back up plan what with all the speed injected into the squad with the last three midfield/forward signings

  2. John Michael Rigg

    August 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Well, yeah, just look what Wenger has done for Walcott and compare to Ferguson with Rooney and Ronaldo…

    • Amr

      August 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Yeah and look at what Ferguson has done for Obertan and compare to Wenger with Henry and Vieira…you sir, are a mug.

    • joshua

      August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      What a moron Walcott was just a prospect at southampton now he is a Full international who scored 13 goals and 8 assists last season. Injuries have stopped Walcott being the best he can be and I can pick any set of players an make someone look good or bad if I want. Arsene Wenger – Henry, Viera, Pires, Ljungberg, Wilshere Sczsney, Nasri, Fabregas, Anelka, Toure, Van persie, Adebyaor. All of them completly unheard of before Arsenal signed them. Anelka was sold for 25 million when he was a teenager at a time when 25 million was a lot. Adebayor started scoring 25 goals a season before he decided to leave again sold for 25 million

      Sir alex bought Ronaldo but wenger was trying to sign him at the same time but Carlos Queiroz was manu assistant manager at the time which helped United. This was confirmed by Ronaldo. Everyone knew rooney was going to be good from the first time he played for everton so cant really say its down to fergie.
      How did Sebastian Veron do at United ??
      How about Diego Forlan?? Veron was quality before united but I could say fergie ruined his career. We all know Forlan is actually quality because of what he has done since united so was this fergies fault again ??

      Think before you speak again

      • James

        August 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

        While I agree with your basic point, Henri, Pires, Ljungberg, Nasri, Toure, and Adebayor were all capped internationals before they signed for Arsenal – not unknowns.

  3. samchi bigshoe

    August 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    @john michael: u’ve really given us a food 4 thought here.

  4. hugh williams

    August 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    wenger buying kids again needs balance in his squad with leaders and experienced player as he’s got enough young players

  5. Robdogooner

    August 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Wenger was told to go out and buy a big name player……

    Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, as far as names go thats quite a mouthfull.

    Good job Arsene, but not quite what was ment…..

    • Splurggh

      August 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      boom boom. very good.

    • van_Anzah

      August 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      loool, good one

  6. fab

    August 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    this man called wenger is 2 stubborn.he said he is going 2 buy mtured players now see wat is doing . this man want 2 kill us with high BP and am not going 2 leave arsenal insted he will be the 1 too go out for me ,cos we are paying him .am angry with that man called wenger.

  7. kaino

    August 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Just want to see the league start that’s all, have faith be optimistic.

  8. Colo

    August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Chill out everyone..a decent CB is coming.he (Arsene) will be mad not 2 bring in one.

  9. ola

    August 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Chill out guyz, A.W will definately sign a defender.

    • Simon

      August 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      @iyaa ade bello,be courageous n dn’t loose hope werger will meet our expectation n retified our defence b4 transfer over

  10. Iyaa ade bello

    August 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I love this club than any other club in the world,put wenger is making me sick.

  11. Nasir Alayo

    August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Up gunners! Lets be optimistic, Arsene signing Oxlade is nothing wrong but rather an improvement. He can still give us big talent at the CB.

  12. yayami

    August 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

    gud job A.Wenger

  13. malcolm

    August 11, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Guys. We will sign defenders and we will sign Mata. We letting go of Fabregas and Nasri, which is good, because we dont want players that dont want to be there. I mean Chamberlain admires Arsenal, and so does Jenkinson, those are the type of players you want; players that have potential and that are not going to be sold. what the point in having a guy like fabregas and then sell him when he becomes good. You want young players that want to be at Arsenal for their whole career. Signing these players are great for Arsenal, but signing these players should not change the idea in signing mata and a defender, otherwise we will be upset with Wenger. Arsenal 4 Life Bros from (South African living in Argentina!) Keep the Faith!

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