Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father Mark made headlines this offseason when he declared that the 17-year-old phenom was set up to be better than Theo Walcott.
Thing is, he may not be far off.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strength lies in his versatility, a versatility rarely seen in someone so young. He uses both feet expertly, taught at an early age, and his speed is unquestioned as one of the fastest prospects in the world.
On top of that, he comes from Southampton, where Walcott, Gareth Bale and Waynes Bridge have emerged.
Oxlade-Chamberlain can also go outside his full-back and hit the byline before hitting the centre, and when it comes to finishing at the net, he simply has the knack: he scored 11 goals in 43 appearances for Southampton, most of them coming last season when the academy won promotion to the Championship.
But none of this had gotten to the teen’s head, as Mark has pointed out, via The Guardian:
"He likes to read about himself in the papers and watch himself playing on television but he's a level-headed boy. After games he doesn't like fuss. Alex just wants to leave the ground and meet his mates."
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Oxlade-Chamberlain has the skillset and the apparent headiness to be a big-time player for Arsenal.
And if he keeps developing at his pace, he’s going to be reading about himself in the papers for a long, long time.