Report: Southampton want Oxlade-Chamberlain; Fonte tries to persuade him

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly wanted by his former club.

The Mirror are reporting that Southampton defender Jose Fonte is trying to convince Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return to St Mary's.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured a poor season, where multiple injuries have hampered his progress. The emergence of Alex Iwobi will also provide even more competition for places at the Emirates.

The former Saints star and England international is currently side-lined with a knee injury, and the newspaper claims that Fonte, who played with Oxlade-Chamberlain before his move to the Gunners, is trying to persuade the powerful youngster to come back to the south coast.

In 33 appearances for the North London club this season, Chamberlain has managed only two goals, while failing to register a single assist. He has found himself the target of the Emirates boo boys following a string of poor displays.

The Mirror also claims that West Ham United are interested in signing the winger as they embark on their debut season at the Olympic Stadium, but he is reportedly unwilling to move to another London club out of respect for Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is a player who splits opinion. When he is at his best he looks like a world beater, but he does not show this form on a consistent basis. Injuries have been a major factor behind this inconsistency, and his fitness and resilience will be something he has to improve if he is to reach his potential.


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