Highly rated Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to follow in the footsteps of former academy scholar Theo Walcott, by signing for Arsenal before the close of the transfer window.
The 17-year-old midfielder has attracted attention from a whole host of Barclays Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
But it is said that the youngster – son of former England international Mark Chamberlain, would favour a move to the Emirates to further his football education.
Arsene Wenger has an eye for scouting young potential and is well known for his ability to snap up football talent and mould them into Barclays Premier League stars, with Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, and Walcott but to name a few.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Chamberlain’s father confirmed his son’s preferred destination, "Arsenal, with the manager there, the way they play and how they develop players I think they are the ideal choice," he explained.
But he was keen to shy away from the inevitable comparisons that will be made between Walcott and the latest St Mary’s protégé:
“They have both got different attributes. Theo has already played 100 Premier League games for Arsenal, played for England and has scored a hat-trick. He's a really good player.
"Alexander is a little different. He's a bit better technically. He's more of a central midfielder player than a wide player.”
There have been a number of figures banded about in the media, with the most common placing a £10million price tag on the head of the League One starlet with a view to loaning him back to the Saints for the rest of the season.
"He's coping very well. It's all speculation. It's the time of the year when things do happen. I think if anything is happening the club will keep us notified."