With the January transfer window fast approaching, the Emirates faithful seem especially keen to see their side sign some fresh new quality this winter.
Arsenal have once again been struck down with a series of testing injuries throughout the 2015/16 campaign thus far, proving once and for all that this current Gunners squad simply isn’t adequately equipped to handle the arduous nature of the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s side simply need a little help this January when all is said and done…
However, although talk of new signings will certainly arrive with the utmost excitement in and around the Emirates Stadium at the minute, recent reports linking Arsenal with West Ham’s up-and-coming youngster – Reece Oxford – may not be the answer Gunners fans are so desperately looking for right now. For an estimated fee of around the £8 million mark, this particular deal seems very questionable indeed.
So then, are Arsenal really considering the services of the 16-year-old defensive midfielder this January, or must this specific story go down as somewhat of a non-starter with all things taken into account?
Well, while we certainly haven’t seen a great deal of Oxford operating in the English top-flight this term, the rapidly emerging Upton Park favourite has still nonetheless impressed when handed rare starting opportunities. The teenager, coincidentally, got his first start of the season against the Gunners away at the Emirates – so perhaps Wenger has ultimately had his eye on the young Englishman for quite some time now.
During the match against Arsenal on the opening day of the campaign, Oxford portrayed himself as an extremely cool customer when playing the ball out calmly from the back, someone willing to get stuck in against some of the best midfield talent the English game has to offer and also a player worthy of operating in the Premier League on the back of that one impressive performance alone.
Yes, many football fans in general did admittedly get somewhat carried away with the exploits of Oxford earlier on in the season, but as the 16-year-old talent most definitely didn’t look out of place alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil to name but a few, his talent certainly seemed to be in place for everyone to see.
However, as the latest product of West Ham’s famed academy has only amassed two other first team appearances this term, perhaps now is no get carried away over what Reece Oxford may or may not achieve in his career many years down the line. He remains 16 after all – there’s still so much work to do in terms of developing the young Hammers midfielder for the future.
Arsenal would therefore look pretty desperate if they happened to move for the teenager this January, especially for a fee anywhere close to £8 million. It would seem a rather ridiculous decision truth be told – for although Wenger clearly needs to splash the cash on a recognised defensive midfielder in 2015/16 a teenager really wouldn’t prove adequate enough.
The Gunners need someone to help them out of their current injury predicament right in the here and now after all, not a young emerging talent who could one day do this business among the midfield options at the Emirates. Even if Arsenal did in-fact sign Oxford this season however, he probably wouldn’t even break into the Gunners starting XI before Arsene Wenger finally moves on from the managerial dug-out in North London.
In the end, Arsenal may very well be impressed with the services of the up and coming West Ham man thus far – but has Reece Oxford really done enough to warrant an £8 million move to the Emirates in 2015/16? The answer would most definitely be, no.
— Europcar Sport (@EuropcarSport) December 1, 2015