Name: Alexander Mark David Oxlade-Chamberlain
Date of birth: 15 August 1993 (age 18)
Place of birth: Portsmouth, England
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position: Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Current Club: Arsenal FC (number 15)
Past Clubs: Southampton (youth) 2000-2010, Southampton (senior) 2010-2011
National Team: England U18, U19, U21 & Senior side (debut 2012)
Get to know The Ox
Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attended St John’s College in Southsea, Portsmouth. He is the son of former Stoke City, Portsmouth and England international player Mark Chamberlain. He attended St John’s College, Portsmouth.
He joined the Southampton Football Academy at the age of seven and went on to make his professional debut on 2nd March 2010 at the age of 16 years 199 days, coming off the bench in a 5–0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
Oxlade-Chamberlain became the club’s second youngest player to enter the field of play behind Gunners teammate Theo Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain pushed for more appearances, featuring once more as an 82nd minute substitute in the final game of the season against Southend United. His breakthrough season came in 2010/11 where he made his first competitive start for Southampton in the League Cup against Bournemouth, scoring his first goal for the senior side in their 2-0 victory.
Chambo signed his first professional contract on 20 August 2010, just after his 17th birthday which was set to tie the talented youngster to the club for three years. His first league goal was scored against Oldham on 23rd October 2010, and his first Man of the Match performance against Dagenham & Redbridge on 2nd November 2010 yielded two goals and an assist. He was then rewarded for his eye catching displays with a call-up to the England U18s squad, where he played 45 minutes against Poland on 16th November.
He continued to rise through the ranks in the England international setup, being promoted to the U19s early on in the New Year, before being fast tracked into the U21 setup making his debut against Italy U21 on 8th February.
The rising star finished his first full senior season with 9 goals as Southampton were promoted, while also featuring in the PFA League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. That summer the still 17-year-old was hot property, and it was not until the 8th August 2011 that Oxlade-Chamberlain became an Arsenal player. The fee was believed to be a £12 million initial payment which could rise to £15 million based on performances which is now a common add-on to contracts.
His Arsenal debut was certainly not what he would have dreamt. On 28th August 2011 Oxlade-Chamberlain was a 62nd minute substitute in the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Manchester United, but he still made history that day by becoming the 150th player to represent Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Ox’s run with the U21 team continued, starting his first match for the international side against Azerbaijan on 1 September 2011 and claimed two assists in an action display. He then produced an eye catching performance against Israel where he helped the England U21 side to a 4-1 victory thanks to his three assists as they overcame a 1-0 deficit prior to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s introduction.
On his first start for the Gunners on 20th September 2011, he opened his scoring account in the League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, with a powerful drive from 25 yards. Just over a week later the Englishman netted his first European goal on his Champions League debut against Olympiacos on 28th September. He then became the youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League, taking over the mantle from Theo Walcott.
He was once again recalled by Stewart Pearce for the England U21 side in November, scoring a hat-trick against Iceland in the 3-0 victory on the 10 November 2011.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first start in the Premier League came once again versus Manchester United during the 2-1 defeat on 22nd January 2012. The winger bagged an assist and won the fans over with an electric display at the Emirates, and Gooners booed Wenger for substituting the youngster in the 78th minute. His first Premiership goals came on 4th February 2012, where he bagged a brace against Blackburn Rovers in the 7–1 demolition.
Chambo continued to impress when he got the chance to under Arsene Wenger, with an inspirational performance against AC MIlan that saw the Gunners record a 3-0 victory that almost secured them Champions League progression into the semi finals, but the 4-0 first leg loss was not quite over turned.
Another huge milestone in the youngsters career came on the 16th May 2012 as Oxlade-Chamberlain was named in the 23-man senior England national team squad for UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. Flash back a year and the starlet was still playing League One football. His meteoric rise to fame continued as he made his debut for the England senior side on 26 May 2012 in a 1–0 win against Norway in a warm-up match, coming on as a substitute in the second half.
He made his first senior start for England on 2 June playing 66 minutes in the 1–0 win against Belgium at Wembley prior to travelling to the Poland and Ukraine for the summer tournament. Chambo then made his major international tournament debut against France on the 11 June in the opening match of England’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to replace fellow Gunner and Englishman Jack Wilshere on the FIFA 13 cover, pictured alongside England international goalkeeper Joe Hart and the Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.