On this Day in 2011 – Arsenal sign 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


Arsenal splashed out an initial £12million to sign rising English star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton on this day in 2011.

After being handed his Gunners debut as a second-half substitute in the 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United, the 17-year-old midfielder made an instant impact in a first home appearance, scoring in the 3-1 Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was also on target again the following week when he became Arsenal’s youngest scorer in the Champions League after an early goal against Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium.

Soccer – Carling Cup – Third Round – Arsenal v Shrewsbury Town – Emirates Stadium

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) scored his first Arsenal goal in the Carling Cup – and was soon on target again in the Champions League (Sean Dempsey/PA)

A call-up to the full England squad followed in May 2012. The combative midfielder went on to make the squad for the European Championships under Roy Hodgson and also travelled to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.





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