Are Arsenal targeting the wrong West Ham star?

We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to plan for the future, and even though his current contract with Arsenal is due to run out at the end of next season I do not expect that to change. Even last month when the January transfer window gave the Frenchman a brilliant opportunity to sign some players with the specific idea of boosting the chances of winning the Premier League this season, he seemed to spend as much time and effort getting the two teenage prospects from Nigeria as he did on the first team.

We are hoping, of course, that completing just the one first team transfer in the shape of Mohamed Elneny will not cost us the title, but if it does, then the frustration of Arsenal fans will be massive. The pressure on Wenger to โ€˜spend or goโ€™ will be greatly increased and it will be players that can come and make an instant impact that we will want to see.

That is why I am less than overjoyed to see a report in The Mirror which claims that Wenger and the chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley are lining up a summer move for the West Ham starlet Reece Oxford. Talented he may be, but he is only 17-years old and is not a regular for West Ham yet.

At the same time there have been media reports over the last few weeks about the excellent Dimitri Payet being possibly ready to move on, but Wenger and Arsenal did nothing and now he has agreed a new contract. They also have some other very good players that have thrived in the Premier League, like Kouyate and Valencia.

Is this more the sort of player that should be on the Arsenal transfer list or would you be happy for Wenger to sign young Reece Oxford as a potential star of the future?

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  1. We don’t need Payet, he doesn’t suit our style of football. Reece idk because we have Crowley, Zelalem, Wilshere, Ox and Ramsey who all play in midfield…. Not to mention we have Jeff and Iwobi

  2. In principle, signing young players for the future is good business and is good for football to develop young talent.

  3. Zelalem (18) free
    Iwobi (19) free
    Akpom (19) Free
    Malen (17) free
    Niles free
    Coquelin (25) Free
    Adelaide (18) 2mill
    Bielik (17) 2 mill
    Nwakali, (17) 2 mill
    Chukwueze, 17 1 mill
    Galloway (Everton LB) (19) 3 mill
    Oxford (18) 2 mill
    This a team for 12 mill the same cost as Debuchy !!!
    Young and cheap I wonder who’s idea this is ๐Ÿ™‚
    We probably only need to add a GK
    and they are cheap Butland for 8 mill perhaps.
    If we had to spend it would probably be at CB.
    Clubs like Chelsea City and Man U want instant success
    so are less likely to buy 17/18 yr old players.
    So we have the market to ourselves being
    the other Champions league team.
    Wenger is leaving a crop of quality youngsters for his successor.
    He is also leaving a burgeoning bank balance for
    one or two marquee signings to excite the fans
    or maybe a huge bank balance to excite Silent Stan ๐Ÿ™‚
    Both maybe?

  4. Reece Oxford won’t be bad for Arsenal to sign him on, if at all they want him. We are all suspecting 2 aging Gunners to move on at the expiration of their deals at the end of this season. Thereby leaving 2 spaces vacant to be filled in the squad next season. And Oxchambo and Iwobi are highly rated to at least fill up 1 of the 2 vacant places in the 1st team of 25 man squad on a permanent basis I would think.

    1. Iwobi doesn’t take up a place in the squad and neither would Oxford (if this story is anything but idle speculation). The squad sizes are limited to 25 players, but can be supplemented with an unlimited number of players under the age of 21.

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