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Arsenal wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make Southampton loan switch

Arsenal wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is rumoured to be planning on returning to his former club Southampton on loan till the end of the season.

The Arsenal youngster has been restricted in his opportunities this season despite being regarded as one of England’s brightest young talents and has reportedly been given the green light by manager Arsène Wenger to leave this month on loan.

This has alerted a host of Premier League clubs, but it is understood the player is keen to return to his former club Southampton to repay the faith showed in him by the coaching staff there.

The 18-year-old made his debut at just the tender age of 16 for the Saints and in all made 36 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals. He was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year that season and soon some of the country’s biggest clubs had shown an interest. Arsenal was his preferred destination and the club agreed a fee of around £15m for the player at the start of this season.

However, the talented youngster has not had many chances to shine at the Emirates this season to the dismay of Arsenal fans who have had to witness Theo Walcott continually underperform. In the league he has only made one appearance as a substitute in the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United in August but has performed with credit when given his chance in seven cup outings.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins, whose team are currently top of the Championship, is looking to freshen up his squad ahead of his club’s promotion push in the second half of the season and Oxlade-Chamberlain would be more than happy to go back at help out his home-town club in their pursuit for the Premier League.

 

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