Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is hoping to sign Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain within the next week.
The 17-year-old wonderkid has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, but Wenger remains confident he can secure the sought-after signature.
Wenger is hopeful that Arsenal’s record of turning youth stars such as Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere, into established Premier League stars, will make all the difference when it comes to Oxlade-Chamberlain selecting his club.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has revealed that he is keen to keep the youngster, but a reported £10 million bid will surely make him sweat.
The son of former England international Mark Chamberlain, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Southampton’s youth system aged seven and at the age of 16 years and 199 days became the club’s second-youngest debutant, after Walcott, in March 2010.
Oxlade-Chamberlain began as a central midfielder, but has switched to the wing this season where he has established himself as a regular within the Southampton set-up.
He has netted 8 goals in 19 starts for the League One side which justifies his price-tag at the tender age of 17.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made one appearance for England. He was called up to play in the England Under 18s side who faced Poland in November last year.
We are sure to be seeing more of this young starlet in coming weeks. Whether its a big-money move or a rise to the top of League One, it is inevitable that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be receiving more and more press coverage as he grows by the day.