Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted his desire to leave Southampton, revealing that he would be interested in joining Arsenal as they are a top four side, The Sun reports.
The 17-year-old was the subject of massive interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool last season and in January the Gunners had an £8m offer rejected by the Saints.
Oxlade-Chamberlain now believes he is ready to take the step up to one of the best teams in the Premier League in order to prove himself at the highest level and he hopes Southampton will not try and block his dream move: “I’ve heard Arsenal are in for me and to join a top-four club is what I hope for. When the bus comes along, you have to jump on it and make the most of your opportunities. It’s not every day you get a chance like that. I believe in my own ability and that I have what it takes to play in the Premier League.
“I’ve had a chat with the manager, Nigel Adkins, about my situation and expressed my feelings to him. I talked about how I wanted to be playing in the Premier League as quickly as possible and he has been really understanding.”
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Fab decision within 10 days.
Arsenal have given Barcelona ten days to complete the signing of Cesc Fabregas as Coach Arsene Wenger wants to use the money brought in from the sale of their captain to reinvest in the team before the close of the transfer window, according to The Guardian.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola yesterday revealed that Arsenal had agreed to open negotiations with the Catalan club over the transfer of Fabregas and he insisted that his club were willing to “fight to the end” to resign the World Cup winner, although he insisted that Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez was more of a priority than the Spaniard.
Wenger hopes to keep Fabregas at the Emirates for at least one more season and he insists that if the two clubs have not reached an agreement by the end of the month then negotiations will be brought to an end: “We know that this story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and for ourselves to focus on the season, hopefully with Cesc F