Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has warned Arsenal off wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, insisting he has no intention on weakening his squad.
The League One side have felt compelled to reply to reports Chamberlain was ready to follow in the footsteps of former Saint Theo Walcott.
Walcott made the move from South Coast club to Arsenal on his 17th birthday, having impressed for the Saints first team scoring 4 goals from 21 appearances.
Chamberlain has also scored four times for Southampton in six games less than Walcott had played when he joined Arsenal.
And the Gunners have sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the 17-year-old, who is Southampton’s second youngest player ever, on numerous occasions this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in the best talent available and has now started to bring through a number of young English prospects into the first team, at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Saints boss Nigel Adkins has insisted he is not interested in doing business, echoing the sentiments from Chamberlain’s father that Southamtpon is the best place for him.
“I'd like to think several more clubs will be interested in our group, because that will mean we're doing well and the players are doing well as individuals,” Adkins said.
"It's a compliment and long may that continue but we're not looking to move players on. We're looking to strengthen because we want to move on to the next level.”