Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been urged to join Arsenal 'as soon as possible' by his father.
Mark Chamberlain, a former England international, believes his son has made great strides with the Saints this season but could be better served continuing his development with the Gunners.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs were all linked with moves for the 17-year-old winger in January, with Arsene Wenger thought to be heading the pack at the turn of the year.
The red half of north London remains the most likely destination for England's youth starlet, and his father has stoked the fire further over a potential £10 million Barclays Premier League move.
“Considering where he was at the beginning of the season and end of last season, to have the clubs we’ve been hearing about looking at him, he’s made great strides," Chamberlain Snr told The Southern Daily Echo.
“But watching him and watching his performances I think it’s well deserved. He’s only going to get better."
Given the teenager's raw pace and ability, obvious comparisons have been made to former Saints academy graduate Theo Walcott.
Whilst Chamberlain Snr has been quick to play down comparisons in the past, he's confident Oxlade-Chamberlain can follow in the Arsenal winger's footsteps and become a star at the Emirates.
“A lot of people speak to me and say ‘Maybe it’s too soon, look at Theo.’ But for me I think Theo’s doing fantastic, he’s developing as a player, he’s still developing and he’s only young.
“To develop at a place like Arsenal can’t be a bad thing. In my eyes, I’d like him to go there as soon as possible, and continue his development.”
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