Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed why he chose the Emirates as his destination when he moved from Southampton in 2011.
The Gunner’s starlet showed immense promise at the Saints and had been approached by Sir Alex Ferguson who had been keeping tabs on the young attacker.
He revealed: “I always favoured Arsenal. It’s a massive club and I’ve loved the way they’ve played football and brought players through.”
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have a rich history of ‘blooding’ young players. Under the Frenchman’s reign, the North Londoners have produced some of world’s finest talent in Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere.
Chief Execute Ivan Gazidis’ comment last week, suggesting that more Premier League clubs should adopt Arsenal’s youth policy can only be re-enforced by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s belief that Arsenal is the best place for young players.
“When I was younger, I used to go and watch Southampton versus Arsenal when they came to the club, and loved watching Thierry Henry.” He continued,
“I went to the Emirates a few times, too, and the atmosphere was just unbelievable. So it wasn’t a hard decision for me.”
Since his move the young Englishman has made 32 appearances for the Gunners. His performances have earned him a regular star on the Arsenal first-team sheet.
His inclusion in England’s Euro 2012 squad points to the belief and faith shown in the young player who clearly has his best yet to come. For both club and country.