Reece Oxford could have signed for Arsenal last December

Published Add your comment

Arsenal had the chance to sign West Ham starlet Reece Oxford last December, but turned it down before he pledged his future to Upton Park, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Gunners’ optimism for the new campaign took a serious knock at the weekend as they were humbled 2-0 by West Ham on their own turf. It was Oxford though who surprised most, with the 16-year-old turning in a performance of the highest quality in front of Slaven Bilic’s back four.

Oxford decision

After the match Wenger was reluctant to lavish praise on the teenager, and the Telegraph claim that may be because he chose not to sign Oxford mid-way through last season.


Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

Article continues below

At the time the England U17 international had come to the attention of a host of big Premier League clubs, having impressed at various levels in West Ham’s youth academy.

It wasn’t until this term that Oxford got his chance in the senior side, but if his performance at the Emirates Stadium was anything to go by it certainly won’t be a one off showcase.

Article continues below

Great debut

Indeed pundits and fans alike were quick to talk up Oxford’s potential, particularly as he did a pristine job with regards to shutting down an Arsenal midfield that is bursting at the seams with star quality.

As was always going to be the case it’s highly unlikely that the Gunners will publicly admit to having rejected the chance to sign Oxford, but if the rumours are true it looks to have been a serious oversight on Wenger’s part.

Rising star?

After all, Arsenal are on the look out for a talented defensive midfielder. Oxford might not yet be up there with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Nemanja Matic, but as far as Premier League debuts go his stock has received a well-earned raise for someone so young.

Arsenal fans, do you think Wenger should have signed Oxford if given the chance? Let us know in the comments box below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again