Southampton captain Jose Fonte has reportedly joined the calls for former Saints star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rejoin the club.
According to The Mirror, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a target for his former club this summer, although several other sides are also monitoring the situation.
The 22-year-old is currently recovering from a knee injury, but reportedly wants more regular playing time in order to further his career and develop his talent.
Having disappointed for the most part for the Gunners in terms of not improving his all-round game in the way that many would have hoped, a return to St Mary’s could be a sensible option.
Whether or not Arsene Wenger will allow it to happen remains to be seen, as the Frenchman has certainly shown a stubbornness in the past with regards to keeping his faith in his young players.
The Mirror claim that Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t keen on a move to another London club as he has enjoyed a good relationship with the Arsenal fans, and in turn wouldn’t want to sour that by joining a rival.
The England international has scored two goals and provided two assists in 33 appearances this season, while he hasn’t scored more than two goals in a single campaign since arriving at Arsenal in 2011.
For a player so highly thought of and tipped for a bright future, those figures simply aren’t good enough regardless of the fact that he is still just 22 years of age.
Naturally, there is a risk that Arsenal would regret a decision to sell him back to Southampton if he discovers his best form with Ronald Koeman’s side.
Nevertheless, he hasn’t shown enough in the last few years to warrant the regular starting spot that he desires at the Emirates, especially with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and now Alex Iwobi ahead of him in the pecking order.