Mark Chamberlain, Alex’s father, revealed in an interview with talkSPORT that he held discussions with the Old Trafford boss, but his son had his heart set on the Gunners.
Chamberlain Snr also revealed that playing against Arsenal youth teams throughout his early time at Southampton was what cause ‘The Ox’ to continue his career under Arsene Wenger and snub the Red Devils.
“There were a few big clubs in for him [during the summer]. We spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United,” said Chamberlain in the interview.
Interestingly, it was the experience of getting beaten by various Arsenal academy sides that first had Oxlade-Chamberlain interested.
Wenger employs an attractive playing style with his first team and this playing ethos is carried down throughout the club, something the 18-year-old was keen to be a part of.
“But he’d played against Arsenal’s academy for many years and, while Southampton always got beaten, he admired the way they played,” added his father.
“He’d always say ‘why can’t we play like Arsenal’? When the opportunity came along, Arsenal’s a massive club [so he had to take it].”
The exciting young winger has broken into the first team at Emirates Stadium in recent weeks and has been tipped for a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad, although he was not in the latest squad picked by Stuart Pearce.