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Man Utd boss Ferguson determined not to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain to Arsenal

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to miss out on Southampton teen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Manchester Evening News says Ferguson will also be loathe to pull out of the race for two players he has monitored for some time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is understood to favour a move to Arsenal, following in the footsteps of another Southampton starlet, Theo Walcott.

Ferguson missed out on him when he moved to the Emirates in 2006 and also failed to lure Gareth Bale from Southampton when the Welshman opted for Tottenham in 2007.

He won't want to miss out for a third time, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to make the step up to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

Ferguson was understood to be incensed when he thought Arsenal had beaten United to Oxlade-Chamberlain during the January transfer window, which is a measure of how highly he rates the England Under-19 starlet.

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