Southampton hint Arsenal have beaten Man Utd for Oxlade-Chamberlain

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has dropped a big hint that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is joining Arsenal.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have all watched the 17 year old prodigy son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain.

Adkins said:’” We would only let him go to a club that would nurture him and treat him properly.

"There is going to be no auction for Alex. We love him and want to make him a better player.

"If, down the line, there is a bid we will do the right thing for Alex and not just sell him to the highest bidder.

"There has been a lot of speculation about him but Alex is our player and is playing with a smile on his face.’’

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