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The World’s Next Superstar: Arsenal Ace Looking To Eclipse Gareth Bale

He spent almost 11 years developing his talents on the south coast before a club record £15million deal saw him switch Southampton for the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal.

He spent almost 11 years developing his talents on the south coast before a club record £15million deal saw him switch Southampton for the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal.

Becoming the Saints’ second ever youngest player, after current team mate and former Saint Theo Walcott, Chamberlain appeared as a substitute twice in the 2009-2010 season, when he was just 16 years and 199 days old. He then rose to prominence within the Southampton first team during the 2010-2011 season, becoming a regular and helping them gain promotion to the Championship from League One.

Scoring on his first competitive start against Bournemouth in the Carling Cup, his talents were showcased to the nation for the first time. He left the Saints during the 2011 summer transfer window and his August move has seen him appear three times for the Gunners, scoring in two of those games.

His first appearance was during a disappointing 8-2 defeat at Manchester United, however putting that behind him he has gone from strength to strength.

A rise to fame at Arsenal has rewarded him with four appearances for the England under 21 side, where he made two assists against Azerbaijan during his first start for the team. A substitute appearance versus Israel then saw him claim an impressive three assists, while also winning a penalty as England turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 triumph.

This in turn earned him a starting berth against Iceland, where the under 21’s ran out 3-0 winners in Reykjavik. Chamberlain scored all three goals. Some may say he moved too early from St Mary’s, yet his form so far is proving any of his doubters wrong.

Would it be foolish to now target a place within the England first team squad for the Euro 2012 Championships? Theo Walcott became England’s youngest ever senior player in 2006 and was selected for that year’s World Cup (despite not playing), so what’s to stop him from securing a place on that plane? In my opinion Oxlade-Chamberlain is more talented than Walcott was at the same age, yet also possesses more potential.

The Saints Academy is among the top in the country having produced players including Alan Shearer, Matthew Le Tissier, Chris Baird, Leon Best, Wayne Bridge and more recently Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, to name a few. overshadow

Now, Chamberlain has joined that list and in September 2011 he became the youngest Englishmen to score in the Champions League. Like Walcott, Bale, Bridge and Shearer, he is among the academy products who have gone on to both feature and score in that competition.

After being introduced on the European stage, Chamberlain has the chance to develop and impress even further as he looks to fulfil his evident ability.

With Gareth Bale setting the Champions League alight last season with Tottenham, he was quickly rumoured with a transfer to the then European Champions Inter Milan, who he fired a hat trick past in a thrilling 4-3 defeat. And there is nothing to stop Alex from emulating the Spurs star; the young winger has performed impressively very early on in his Arsenal and England U21 career, something which former Saints Bale and Walcott failed to do after their big moves.

Time will tell whether Chamberlain made the right decision to ply his trade in the Premier League and develop himself at Arsenal; however the early signs suggest he was spot on, as he aims to become the world’s latest superstar.



  1. ants

    October 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Lets not get too excited here… the young chap has got plenty of potential, but lets not forget that Walcott scored a hat trick for england against croatia, and he hasnt exaxtly set the world stage on fire.
    he just still remains the most hyped up player in the premiership!!
    So, as for chamberlain to exclipse Bale… i dont think so some how!

    • Jules

      October 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      You would hope he sets his sights higher than just Bale. Bale is very ordinary to say the least!

      • Jack

        October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        Jules – you obviously haven’t a clue about football mate, “Bale is ordinary to say the least” – this just makes you look like a complete moron, I’ll take a wild guess & say you’re an arsenal fan? How & why does your club attract such an incredibly high number of fuckwits like yourself who spout rubbish without realising the only reaction they’re getting is a deep sigh from the reader as he realises it’s another braindead cretin talking out of his arse!! Do yourself a favour; go & watch a few games man & get a basic understanding & knowledge of the game before adding your ‘opinion’ because otherwise you will continue to embarrass yourself like you have done here

      • spurs guvnor

        October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        Feeling bitter are you! lmfao. LOSER.

        • Arsenal Future Manager

          October 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

          Its not been bitter its facts, what has Bale done since that Inter performance, where the players didn’t even know about him and as soon as every 1 knew about him, his just ordinary now, Sagna had Bale in his pockets through out the north london derby, until Sagna got injured then we started seen Bale run because he knew Jenkinson was inexperienced, so don’t give me that crap about Bale, he does nothing, your only threat is Adebayor and Vaart.

          • Dontgive thismoron oxygen

            October 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

            Arsenal Future Manager-definitely in with th a shout. Must be cloned from Arsene. Selective vision, denial and delusion. This boy has got it all.Seeing as,according to this cretin, Bale was in Sagna’s pocket and only threat is Adebayor and Vaart(I presume with his tenous relationship with reality he is referring to Van der Vaart), perhaps he might explain why Freidel was mainly at risk from sun stroke.Surely<given that Spurs were so poor.Arsenal should not have allowed Freidel to laze in his deck chair. Blimey this delusion and,exaggeration and bitterness could become contagious. Still at least I can show my grandchildren what happens when maturity is stunted. Thanks AFM or may I call you A Foolish Moron? LMAO.

  2. Jay

    October 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    As a spurs fan Chamberlain is clearly much better than Walcott, he is truelly over hyped but this young man will dislodge him and prove how bad he is, he did nothing against us last weekend.

    I read an article the other day where a Southampton fan had stated that to date Bale is still the best young player to break through, Chamberlain has looked better than Walcott though according to him (and every other fan in the country)

  3. f41z

    October 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

    hahahahaha bale…..most overhyped player in the last decade of the premierleague..his only good performance was against inter who were later beaten by (shalka) 5-2….i mean to compare him to messi by the dumb journalists just says it all really..thats like comparing a peugeot 206 to a buggati!!

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