Many Arsenal supporters will feel as though an attacking player is not a priority considering how leaky the defence has proved to be over the past few seasons, although that hasn’t stopped Arsene Wenger signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The player follows in the footsteps of Theo Walcott, who completed a move from Southampton to Arsenal five seasons ago and Oxlade-Chamberlain is in a similar mould to the England international with the Gunners paying £5 million upfront for his services and a further £5 million based on appearances.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is very much regarded as a star player for the future rather than someone who will get many first-team appearances for Arsenal this season, with the player not appearing for Southampton during the Saints’ 3-1 win over Leeds at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Southampton described the transfer as ‘one of the biggest deals in Championship history’ and the Hampshire club might now look to strengthen the squad ahead of the transfer deadline day as they bid to make a double promotion.
It remains to be seen whether Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be able to put an arm around Oxlade-Chamberlain in the dressing room, with Barcelona and Manchester City still hoping to secure the respective signatures of the pair.