Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Not to be confused with Alec Chamberlain.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain with England at Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Alexander Mark David Oxlade-Chamberlain[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993[1]
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Winger / Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
2000–2010 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Southampton 36 (9)
2011– Arsenal 112 (9)
National team
2010 England U18 1 (0)
2011 England U19 3 (0)
2011–2012 England U21 8 (4)
2012– England 24 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:59, 3 December 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Alexander Mark David "Alex" Oxlade-Chamberlain /ˌɒksld ˈmbərlɪn/ (born 15 August 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team.

After rising to prominence with Southampton during the 2010–11 season aged 17, he signed for Arsenal in August 2011. Scoring twice in his first three games for the club, Oxlade-Chamberlain became the youngest English goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history and has also claimed a regular place in the England Under-21s team. Fans have nicknamed Oxlade-Chamberlain "The Ox", derived from the first part of his surname, as well as his physical tenacity and powerful playing style.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut for the senior England side on 26 May 2012 in a 1–0 win against Norway in a friendly.[3] Following this, he received a surprise call-up to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012, becoming the second youngest player ever to represent England in the European Championships behind Wayne Rooney.

Early life

Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire,[1] Oxlade-Chamberlain attended the independent St John's College in Southsea, Portsmouth.[4]

Club career


Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Southampton Academy at the age of seven and made his professional debut in 2010. On 2 March 2010, he made his first team debut for Southampton, at 16 years 199 days, coming off the bench in a 5–0 victory over Huddersfield Town[5] and became the club's second youngest ever appearance maker behind Theo Walcott.[6] Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared as an 82nd-minute substitute for Jason Puncheon on 8 May 2010 in the final game of the season against Southend United.[7] At the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first competitive start on 10 August against Bournemouth in the first round of the League Cup. During the match he scored the second goal of Southampton's 2–0 victory, his first senior goal.[8]

On 20 August 2010, shortly after his 17th birthday, Oxlade-Chamberlain signed his first professional contract lasting for three years.[9] His first league start came in a 2–0 loss at home to Rochdale on 4 September 2010. His first league goal came in a 2–1 victory over Oldham on 23 October 2010, which proved to be the match winner, and he scored two more goals and also got an assist in a 4–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on 2 November 2010, when he was voted Man of the Match in a league game for the first time.[10]

Oxlade-Chamberlain finished the season with 9 goals as Southampton were promoted, and was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[11] He was subsequently the subject of transfer speculation and in June his father, Mark Chamberlain, stated he was eager for his son to join Arsenal "as soon as possible" to "continue his development".[11]


Oxlade-Chamberlain (in red shirt) playing for Arsenal in 2012

On 8 August 2011 it was announced that Oxlade-Chamberlain had signed for Premier League club Arsenal.[12] Although neither club involved revealed details of the contractual arrangements, press sources indicated that the fee was a £12 million initial payment which could rise to £15 million with "add-ons".[13]

On 28 August 2011, he made his Arsenal debut in the 8–2 defeat away to Manchester United, as a 62nd-minute substitute for Francis Coquelin,[14] thus becoming the 150th player to represent Arsenal in the Premier League.[15] On 20 September 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 58th minute of a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, with a drive from 25 yards. Arsenal won 3–1.[16]

On 28 September 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the opening goal in the eighth minute of his Champions League debut against Greek side Olympiacos, running diagonally onto an Alex Song long pass and past several defenders before finishing into the corner of the goal. In doing so, he became the youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League, taking over from teammate Theo Walcott.[17]

Oxlade-Chamberlain started his first Premier League match for Arsenal in a 2–1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on 22 January 2012, contributing an assist to a Robin van Persie goal. Arsène Wenger replaced him with Andrei Arshavin in the 78th minute, with the score at 1–1. Not only did Arsenal fans boo the decision to take Chamberlain off, Van Persie also remonstrated with the manager.[18] On 4 February 2012, Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrated his first two Premier League goals in a home game against Blackburn Rovers which finished in a 7–1 victory to Arsenal.[19] Following this match, Wenger praised Oxlade-Chamberlain for his fast development.

After the second leg of the Champions League second round against A.C. Milan, Oxlade-Chamberlain earned many plaudits for his impressive run of form, and for his display against strong European opposition; he was described by Marco van Basten as a 'gem',[20] whilst then Arsenal captain Robin van Persie stated Oxlade-Chamberlain was the future of Arsenal and England.[21]

At the end of his first season in the Premier League, Oxlade-Chamberlain was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year; he was the youngest player on the shortlist and he eventually lost out to Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker, four years his senior.[22]

2012–13 season

Oxlade-Chamberlain warming up for Arsenal in 2012

Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season from 25 yards out in a 6–1 home victory over Coventry City in the League Cup.[23]

On 19 December 2012, it was announced that Oxlade-Chamberlain, along with teammates Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson, signed a new long term contract with Arsenal.[24] Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his only Premier League goal of the 2012–13 season in a 7–3 home win against Newcastle United.[25]

2013–14 season

On the opening day of the 2013–14 season, Oxlade-Chamberlain assisted Olivier Giroud's goal in a 3–1 defeat at home to Aston Villa,[26] however he came off injured and it was later revealed he would be out for between six weeks and three months, missing England's remaining World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro.[27]

Despite not playing for Arsenal since picking up the injury, Chamberlain was still nominated for the Golden Boy Award 2013 in recognition of his performances earlier in the year for England and Arsenal.[28]

On 2 February, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first two goals of the season with a brace in Arsenal's 2–0 win over Crystal Palace.[29]

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the last few weeks of the season, including the 2014 FA Cup Final, after picking up a groin injury. Despite this he was still called up to England's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[30]

2014–15 season

Oxlade-Chamberlain began the season by winning the 2014 FA Community Shield with Arsenal beating Manchester City 3–0 at Wembley.[31] On 27 September, he scored in the North London derby in a 1–1 draw against Tottenham.[32] On 4 November, he scored to put Arsenal 3–1 up against RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League, with the game eventually finishing 3–3.[33] He also scored in the last-16 match against AS Monaco in February.[34] Two games later, he was injured in a 2–1 win against Manchester United in the FA Cup and had to be withdrawn just after half time.[35] It was later confirmed that he would be out for three to four weeks due to the hamstring injury.[36] On 30 May 2015, Oxlade-Chamberlain came on as a substitute in the 2015 FA Cup Final and set up Olivier Giroud to make it 4–0; the final score against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.[37]

2015–16 season

On 2 August 2015, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.[38]

On 23 February 2016, he suffered a serious knee injury in a 2–0 home defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League,[39] which was initially expected to prevent him playing for up to eight weeks.[40] A further injury in May during training prevented his return for the rest of the season, including the Euro 2016 tournament.[41]

2016–17 season

Oxlade-Chamberlain started on the bench for Arsenal's opening day defeat to Liverpool, however, Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the injured Alex Iwobi to score Arsenal's second goal in a 3–4 defeat.[42]

International career

Youth teams

Oxlade-Chamberlain was called up to England Under-18 squad for the match against Poland which took place on 16 November 2010 at Adams Park.[43] England won the match 3–0 and Oxlade-Chamberlain played the first 45 minutes before he was substituted.[44]

Under-21 team

He was called up to the England Under-19 squad to face Germany on 8 February 2011,[45] but on 2 February he was promoted into the England Under-21 side for a friendly match away to Italy on 8 February.[46] In the match, he came on as a 60th-minute substitute, replacing Henri Lansbury. Shortly after his introduction, he showed a great turn of pace to create a chance as he raced past the Italian full-back and hit the byline, but no England player could reach his cross. In turn, he had a chance from a cross by Josh McEachran, but could only hit a weak shot at the goalkeeper. England lost the match 1–0 with the Italians scoring from a penalty two minutes from time.[47]

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for the Under-21s against Azerbaijan on 1 September 2011 and claimed two assists in a lively performance.[48] He also made an impressive cameo performance against Israel on 5 September, coming on in the second half to claim three assists (including winning a penalty) to push England from a 1–0 deficit to an impressive 4–1 comeback victory.[49] A month later he scored a hat-trick against Iceland as England won 3–0 in Reykjavik.[50] On 10 November 2011, Chamberlain put in another man of the match performance as The Young Lions again trounced Iceland, this time 5–0, to remain top of Group 8. On 29 February 2012, he netted a late penalty as England U21 made certain of at least a play-off spot for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with a 4–0 victory over Belgium.[51]

Senior team

Euro 2012

Oxlade-Chamberlain trailed by Yohan Cabaye (middle) and Samir Nasri of France during their opening Euro 2012 match

On 16 May 2012, Oxlade-Chamberlain was called up to the 23-man senior England national football team squad for UEFA Euro 2012, to be held in Poland and Ukraine.[52] He made his debut for the senior England side on 26 May 2012 in a 1–0 win against Norway in a warm-up game, coming on as a substitute for Ashley Young in the second half.[3] He made his first senior start for England on 2 June playing 66 minutes before being replaced by Theo Walcott in a 1–0 win against Belgium at Wembley, another warm-up game, and England's final game before the tournament.[53] On 11 June, he made his major international tournament debut when he started in England's opening game of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament against France.[54]

World Cup 2014 qualifiers

On 12 October 2012, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first senior international goal, in a 5–0 victory over San Marino.[55] He scored again in the return match against San Marino on 22 March 2013, which England won 8–0.[56]

On 2 June 2013, he scored against Brazil in the official opening of the refurbished Maracanã Stadium, with the game finishing 2–2. He came on as a second-half substitute and scored on a half-volley to bring the score to 1–1.[57][58]

Personal life

Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former Stoke City, Portsmouth and England international player Mark Chamberlain.[59] His uncle, Neville Chamberlain, was also a professional footballer. His brother Christian also plays football, and is currently in the academy at Alex's hometown club Portsmouth.[60]

Oxlade-Chamberlain attended St John's College, Portsmouth. The Sun revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly chose rugby union over football when he was offered a trial at London Irish. Oxlade-Chamberlain played rugby as a scrum half or full back.

My senior school didn't play football. It was a rugby and cricket school and as I was on a sports scholarship, I was forced to play rugby. I played scrum-half or full-back and I was all right at it. I got a trial for London Irish but couldn't do it because Southampton wouldn't let me.[61]

Career statistics


Oxlade-Chamberlain playing for Arsenal in 2012
As of match played 3 December 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Southampton 2009–10[62] League One 2000000020
2010–11[63] League One 34940211[lower-alpha 1]04110
Total 3694021104310
Arsenal 2011–12[64] Premier League 16230314[lower-alpha 2]1264
2012–13[65] Premier League 25120214[lower-alpha 2]0332
2013–14[66] Premier League 14241002[lower-alpha 2]0203
2014–15[67] Premier League 23130109[lower-alpha 2]21[lower-alpha 3]0373
2015–16[68] Premier League 22130205[lower-alpha 2]01[lower-alpha 3]1332
2016–17[69] Premier League 12200335[lower-alpha 2]1206
Total 11291511152942116920
Career total 148181911362943121230


As of match played 12 October 2015[70]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
England 201291

International goals

As of match played 12 October 2015. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Oxlade-Chamberlain goal.[70]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 12 October 2012Wembley Stadium, London, England8 San Marino5–05–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification[55]
2 22 March 2013San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino10 San Marino2–08–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification[56]
3 2 June 2013Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil12 Brazil1–12–2Friendly[57]
4 18 November 2014Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland20 Scotland1–03–1Friendly[71]
5 12 October 2015LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania24 Lithuania3–03–0UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[72]





Did not play in final match.


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