Alexander Mark David “Alex” Oxlade-Chamberlain is a professional football player who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for Arsenal and the England national team.
The player caught the eyes of Premier League clubs when he helped Southampton gain promotion to the Championship from League One in his solitary season with the Saints as a professional in the year 2010-11. After being named in the League One Team of the Year, Oxlade-Chamberlain was signed up by Arsene Wenger for Arsenal in the summer of 2011, following in the footsteps of Theo Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was just aged 17 when he signed a professional contract with Arsenal. It is estimated that it cost Arsenal close to 15 million GBP to seal his transfer from Southampton. The midfielder scored in his first three games for Arsenal and became the youngest Englishman to ever score in the UEFA Champions League.
He was picked in the England squad that went on to compete at Euro 2012. Only Wayne Rooney was younger when he received his first call-up for the Three Lions.
Fans at Arsenal have nicknamed him as “The Ox” which is partly due to his name and more to do with his combative playing style.
His formative years were spent at Southampton’s Academy after he joined as a seven-year-old. He would go on to make his professional debut for the Saints on March 2, 2010 when he came off the bench as a 16-year-old in a 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in League One. He sealed a first team berth at Southampton the following season when he started and scored in a League Cup clash against Bournemouth on August 10.
Southampton signed him up on a three-year contract that summer and it was to be his first professional contract. Subsequently on September 4, 2010, Walcott made his first league start in a 2-0 loss to Rochdale.
His first league goal for Southampton came on October 23 as he hit the back of the net in a 2-1 win over Oldham. He scored a total of nine goals as Southampton gained promotion that season and was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.
Arsenal swooped that summer and he would go on to make his debut for Arsenal on August 28, 2011 as the Gunners were beaten 8-2 by Manchester United at Old Trafford. He became the 150th player fielded by Arsenal in the Premier League era.
The Ox’s first goal for Arsenal arrived on September 20, 2011 when he scored in a League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town. His first Champions League goal came on September 28, 2011 when he scored the opening goal against Olympiacos in a Group Stage match.