A new signing – more to follow?

The Ox

From early yesterday morning there were rumours that Arsenal had a player booked in for a medical (Neil Brooks was first with the scoop via Twitter) and for a couple of hours this was debated by many a gooner and like a good game of Chinese whispers more info was added to the story. It became ‘Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is having a medical at Arsenal’ and was again being disputed by some and reported as gospel by others – including the sport media.

It turns out that there was a medical taking place & it was indeed Southampton’s AOC who was being checked for signs of Walcottitis.

Walcottitis can strike at any time

Either the medical examination came back giving the youngster the all clear or the Arsenal medical team had come across another specimen they want to keep strapped to a hospital bed & to experiment on – I honestly truly & sincerely hope it is the former, dear god don’t let it be the latter.

It’s reported that the deal to take the England U-21 international, who turns 18 next week, from the south coast to the big smoke is going to cost us £12m up front with £3m in add ons going the saints way at some point in the future (Possibly depending on a myriad of factors).

So a player that the club have been eyeing up for a long time now was finally snapped up to make the total of new faces in the squad a nice round…3.

It took absolutely no time whatsoever for so-called supporters of the club to start sniping at the manager, the Chief Exec & even the player himself. Apparently it matters not that this is a highly rated, and equally highly sought, young player who by all accounts was desperate to join our club. No, it apparently matters more that he isn’t a 26-year-old, seven-foot centre half.

Transfer Listed?

Now don’t get me wrong, the aforementioned defensive powerhouse is certainly a more pressing need & it would have been great had the club unveiled such a colossus too much rapture and fanfare, but they didn’t. Hopefully before week’s end they will, but at this juncture they didn’t so perhaps it’s more important to look at the positives of the actual acquisition.

There is no doubt that at the moment the lad with the posh name is indeed a raw talent & having been plying his trade several depths below the level of the Premier League, not to mention his tender years, it may well take some time for this purchase to start paying dividends but personally I have no doubt that it will.

It’s easy to immediately compare AOC with Theo Walcott, they have both earned a place in the Southampton first team squad at a young age, they both have a somewhat similar style of play & they’ve both moved to Arsenal for big money early on in their respective careers. But actually I’m not sure how similar the two are, certainly not in terms of footballing ability, yes they’re both pacey and like to take on opposing players, but from what I have seen of AOC (and admittedly that isn’t a hell of a lot!) he is a different beast to young Theo and won’t need to be wrapped in cotton wall as Walcott was when he first came to the club, and arguably still is.

AOC seems to be built bigger than Theo is even now, in a way reminiscent to Rooney when he first appeared for Everton (like we can forget that) but not so much that he looks like some sort of hulking man-child prepared to ravage cities. I suspect that AOC won’t be hustled off the ball as easy as Walcott sometimes is, he looks like he can scrap it out a bit more. I’m not sure that his play is all that similar to Theo either, although it could be that Walcott is often set the task of working a channel and isn’t given the licence to get through the middle and/or into the box that AOC seemed to have at St Mary’s – I guess we can soon coach that out of him mind.

So it will be interesting to see how & where he is used this coming season and in which competitions, obviously the Carling Cup springs to mind, with Arsene Wenger saying “”He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right”.

That rarest of things, a happy Gooner

What isn’t in doubt, as the pictures on the official club site show, is how pleased the lad is to be joining us and his desire to do well and prove himself worthy was evident in his first interview after putting pen to paper.

One similarity with Theo Walcott is just how articulate the boy is and how measured he appears to be. It’s another young British player, with a bright future, in our ranks and if all goes to plan you can’t help feel a tinge of excitement when you consider that in a few short years we’ll be treated to the delights of Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Miyaichi, Frimpong, Afobe & AOC.

But yes yes yes, that is, as always, more star-gazing into the future and an extension of project youth, I know. What we all want to see now is those vital cogs we’re so desperately missing in the here and now added to the squad. Well on that front there are so many whispers about a deal for Cahill being imminent that I’ve had to ask them to pipe down because collectively they’re deafening, drowning out the sounds of police sirens & helicopters.

Not quite the hulk, but desperate times & all that

I don’t know how true it all is or if any move will materialise, but I do know that in these final few days until the season begins managers are looking to get deals done. Owen Coyle is after Shaun Wright-Phillips and if he wants to take the little man from City he needs cash money.

Bye Nicklas

It seems that we could see a few moves in and out over the coming days, Nicklas Bendtner has intimated that the only thing holding up his move away from the club is an agreement between Arsenal and his perspective new employers. Carlos Vela looks set for a loan move to France or Spain & of course we’re still expecting Almunia & Eboue to complete moves to pastures new, not to mention the question marks that still hang over the futures of Cesc & Nasri.

Whatever happens with those or any other deals I have to say that all in all I’m excited by the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and look forward to seeing him represent the club.

Keep your eyes on our Twitter feed throughout the day for all the latest news.

Thanks for reading.

Up The Arsenal.


5 Responses to A new signing – more to follow?

  1. Georgey says:

    Came to check this blog following your tweet about an ‘amazing number of hits’ – zero comments would indicate otherwise, it’s a standard Arsenal blog. Not good to lie!

    • For a ‘Standard Arsenal blog’ it has had an amazing number of hits, no lies told. Unsure why you feel the need to leave such a negative comment, but hey that’s your choice I guess

      • Georgey says:

        Because it’s false advertising. You’re saying the hits are ‘amazing’ to try and get people to click on and read. Unsurprisingly, you won’t specify a figure.

      • Well I suggest you don’t read it then mate. It’s not Arseblog, it’s a hobby. I’m happy with numbers personally, no false advertising just my own personal pride

  2. Darren Hobbs says:

    “Georgey” If you think that the quality of a blog is solely determined on the number of hits it has a day then you are more of a muppet than your comment suggests. I`m assuming you are one of these Arsenal fans that boos at the 1-2 home games a year you actually go to. When you have 40+ away credits you may then be able to comment on a blog.

    Keep up the good work upthearsenal, every great blog has to start from scratch, I guess Georgey just thinks that you should be bought out by a russian millioniare and immediately get 1000 hits a day.

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