Arsenal favourites ahead of Chelsea to sign West Ham prodigy, Reece Oxford.
Arsene Wenger may have been Le Prof for 18 years now but it doesn’t stop him from having a need of Oxford’s services. Not the University at South East England, though, but another Oxford, East of London.
Reports from various sources have it that Arsenal are leading the chase for West Ham’s wonderderkid, Reece Oxford. The 15-year old defender was reportedly watched by Club officials in the victory of the Hammers’ U21 over Sunderland Monday Night, and it is believed that we are keen to take the youngster to the Emirates, where he’ll join Ben Sheaf who we had earlier acquired this summer, to continue his development. Oxford has also attracted considerable interest from fellow rivals like Chelsea. The West Ham bosses are keen to tie the young Reece to a contract as quickly as possible, to fend off any bids from the big guns, as his stock is expected to rise as far as those of the likes of former West Ham graduate, Rio Ferdinand.
Reece has been on the upward curve of football development, having recently captained the England U17s to victory in the European Championships in Denmark, playing as a center back. He was an unused substitute in West Ham’s League Cup defeat to Sheffield, and for a 15 year old, that must be a huge testament to his maturity and ability.
Wenger has very much become the saviour of English football, his current Arsenal team built around the core of exciting british talents – Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs in defence, Jack and Ramsey in midfield, Theo and Chamberlain providing width, while Danny Welbeck the spearhead. Following the demand for young English talents to be given more attention, Oxford’s talents are surely impressing the Arsenal staff enough to warrant monitoring and a few more visits could see him turn in to the Emirates, linking up with the likes of Stefan O’Connor and Dan Crowley who, though still very young, are already attracting great reviews in and around North London.
Arsene Wenger’s insistence on proper education of players, especially at the lower grades, has been a cornerstone of his 18 years in England. It would probably be to the good of the FA that Oxford schools at Arsenal.
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