Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 'Southampton nearly let me go'

Oxlade-Chamberlain: 'Southampton nearly let me go'
© PA Photos
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals that his former club Southampton nearly let him go when he was aged 13.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that his first club Southampton nearly let him go as a youngster due to his slight build.

The 19-year-old left the Saints in 2011 to join Arsenal for an initial fee of £12m.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has also said that he is very grateful to his former club, despite them nearly allowing his to leave at age 13. Instead of releasing him, the club decided to hold him back in the Under-14s so that he could develop.

"Southampton were going to release me then," the England international told The Times.

"They said I was not big enough. It was just because I hadn't grown.

"They said I couldn't cope but they said that I was technically one of the best players, so instead they were going to keep me in the Under-14s. I played there for one season."

Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored five goals in 30 domestic games for the Gunners.

Fernando Torres
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account