Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United to join the Gunners.
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsene Wenger’s side from Southampton in the summer of 2011, but he also had an offer from Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford on the table.
The 19-year-old’s progress had been rapid over the past year and Arsenal will be delighted that they managed to persuade ‘The Ox’ to move to Emirates Stadium, but his words suggest it was never that difficult a sell.
“I always favoured Arsenal. It’s a massive club and I’ve loved the way they’ve played football and brought players through,” he said in an interview with Sport magazine.
“When I was younger, I used to go and watch Southampton versus Arsenal when they came to the club, and loved watching Thierry Henry.
“I went to the Emirates a few times, too, and the atmosphere was just unbelievable. So it wasn’t a hard decision for me.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career has taken off since he first started regularly getting playing time in Wenger’s first team, gradually becoming more prominent and picking up more starts.
His development at Arsenal did not go unnoticed and he was a surprise call-up for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad – an even greater surprise was the name Oxlade-Chamberlain on the team sheet for the Three Lions’ opening group fixture against France.
The Arsenal youngster’s star is rising and is expected to be in the starting XI once more on Friday, when England take on San Marino at Wembley in their latest World Cup qualifier.