Young Gunner happy to follow in famous footsteps

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Arsenal new boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is dreaming of England and plans to emulate the success of Theo Walcott as he bids to seize his opportunity with the Gunners and prove himself at the highest level.

After completing his move to the Emirates Stadium from Southampton on Monday in a deal that could rise to £15 million, Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke of his desire to follow in the footsteps of former Saint, Walcott - who swapped the south coast for north London in 2006, and has since gone on to establish himself as an Arsenal regular, and broken onto the international stage.

"The way I saw Theo when he left Southampton and took off here, it's been really encouraging for me," he told the Daily Star. "He's a great player.

"To go on like he has, to play for England and score goals for England, and do as well as he has for Arsenal, it definitely gave me confidence and maybe helped my decision a bit more."


The 17-year-old winger knows there will be obvious comparisons drawn between himself and Walcott, with their careers following a similar path until now.

But he insists he is his own player, and hopes when given the chance he will be able to prove that to Arsenal fans, as he focuses on delivering success to his new club, who are looking to end their six-year wait for a trophy.

"I've come here to win things," he continued. "I want to come here and win as much as I can.

"The club's got the talent here and the ability to do that. I can't really explain what was wrong or what wasn't wrong last season.

"The way I saw it, they played fantastic football and the infrastructure of the club and everything here is spot-on. It's just waiting to happen, I think."

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