Don’t get me wrong, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a good young player and English, but is this what we need?
Arsenal fans from all over the world were calling for Wenger to sign a defender, a top class defender who we have heard of like Samba, Cahill, and Jagielka, but Wenger decided to spend £15m on a 17 winger, the one position which we probably have the most promising players, like Walcott, Gervinho, Arshavin, Miyaichi and Afobe to name a few.
We apparently beat United and Liverpool to this kid, so let’s hope he has promise and does really well this season.
Wenger was excited about the new edition,
“We are delighted that Alex has decided to join us.
“He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right.
“Alex is a perceptive passer of the ball and has a great understanding of the game and looks to be a very good team player.”
Wenger continued: “Alex has done extremely well during his development with Southampton and we are looking forward to him progressing even further and fulfilling his huge potential with Arsenal Football Club.”
Alex was also delighted to have signed,
I’m so excited to be joining Arsenal. It’s a fantastic club and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of playing football at the highest level.
“Arsenal have a great manager in Arsène Wenger, top quality players and an attractive style of play. These were all important factors in me choosing to sign for Arsenal.
“I’m proud to be joining Arsenal, but I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Southampton for their help and support during the early part of my career, for which I will always be grateful.”
Alex concluded: “I’m now looking forward to meeting all my new team mates and giving absolutely everything in an Arsenal shirt.”
So it isn’t the signing that most people would have hoped for, but I wish him well for the new season and hope he shines.