Deadline Day Shocker: EPL rivals trying hard to hijack Arsenal star

Sankha Ghosh / 01 February 2016

Arsenal’s Oxlade Chamberlain is really a shock last minute loan target for his former club Southampton, according to The Sun.

The 22-year-old Englishman is enduring a disappointing campaign with the Gunners this term, making just 29 appearances mostly as a substitute for Wenger.

And Saints manager Ronald Koeman is keen to bring back the Ox to the South Coast where at the age of 16 made his debut.

Chamberlain has been battling it out with Theo Walcott on the right of the midfield and is now regarded as a second choice which is quite frustrating for the youngster.

Oxlade decided to leave Southampton for a greater career opportunity with Arsenal for a £12m transfer fee in 2011 after emerging through the Saints’ academy.

He has so far played 144 matches and scored 13 goals for Arsenal.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain, with 24 international caps, has been a long term target of Chelsea who still see him as a most likely replacement for Eden Hazard and as the Belgian midfielder is believed to be waiting for a switch to Real Madrid in the summer. 

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was heavily interested to sign the youngster when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge and the interest in the player has not lost despite the Portuguese manager’s departure last month

Despite the manager’s backing, Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen himself slipping down the pecking order this term, with Joel Campbell successfully usurped him in the fight to play on the right-hand side in the absence of Theo Walcott.

Without scoring a goal since the Community Shield win over Chelsea back in August Oxlade-Chamberlain also struggled during the 2-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday and has attracted increasing criticism from the Gunners supporters inside and outside the Emirates.

However Arsene Wenger believes that the young prodigy shouldn’t worry about those who always criticise him and try to focus on his own improvements.

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