Southampton have made re-signing Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain their priority in the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.
The Mirror reports that the Saints will offer the England international the vice-captaincy to get him ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and West Ham United.
The Mirror understands that Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy at the Emirates Stadium, but is desperate to play more and will consider his future at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old showed wonderful promise upon joining the Gunners from Southampton in 2011, but his development has stalled somewhat in recent years.
He failed to register a single Premier League goal or assist throughout 2015, and seems to have fallen down the pecking order of Arsene Wenger’s wide options.
Southampton have taken great strides since selling Oxlade-Chamberlain, establishing themselves as a top-half Premier League team with European ambitions.
And their reported commitment to giving him the vice-captaincy is a sign that he will be a crucial figure at St Mary’s. This could be a happy reunion for all parties.
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