Southampton should make a move to bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back

Southampton's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates scoring their third goal with Frazer Richardson

The England international is struggling for regular first-team football at Arsenal.

England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during trainingEngland's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during training

Southampton have earned a reputation for building up some of the best young talents in the game in recent years. The likes of Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana are just three examples of this aptitude.

Unfortunately, they have also built a reputation for selling them as well.

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after  Laurent Koscielny scores their first goalArsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after Laurent Koscielny scores their first goal

One such player who was sold on is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Those were different times for Southampton. When they sold the midfielder to Arsenal, for a fee reported by the Telegraph to be worth up to £15 million, in 2011 the Saints were still playing in League One and just recovering from near financial meltdown.

But this week the Ox admitted on Goals on Sunday that he might have to consider his future at Arsenal – where he remains something of a bench player:

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the matchArsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the match

"I'd be lying if I wasn't going to sit here and say that it hasn't crossed my mind that I need more game time."

“There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I'm approaching that when I do need to be getting more regular football, but my focus completely and utterly now is on playing for Arsenal.”

If he is to move on, then Southampton will have to swoop in on an attempt to sign him back up.

Southampton's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates scoring their third goal with Frazer RichardsonSouthampton's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates scoring their third goal with Frazer Richardson

He is a vastly talented player who has simply not been given the chances to thrive at Arsenal – through team selection or injury trouble.

A move back to his former club could be the ideal tonic to get his career back on track.

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