Arsenal v West Ham: Five things you need to know about 16-year-old Hammers’ debutant

first_img 2. Arsenal are reportedly monitoring his progress – The 16-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last year, but he quashed those rumours by signing a new long-term deal in January. If he turns in an accomplished performance today though, could Arsene Wenger reignite his interest? 5. Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager for longer than Oxford has been alive – Wenger’s remarkable 19-year tenure in north London easily outlasts Oxford’s entire life time. The Gunners would have been reeling after a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa, in which Dennis Bergkamp scored twice, when the 16-year-old was born. 5 5 What were you doing at 16 years old?Well Reece Oxford, West Ham’s new kid on the block, is making his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the Emirates today.New Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has named the 16-year-old in the visitors’ midfield as they kick off their league campaign with a daunting London derby.But who is the new darling of Boleyn Ground?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to learn a little bit more about the youngster.Arsenal v West Ham is live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm on Sunday. 5 5 5 3. B*Witched were number one in the charts on his birthday – Iconic girl band B*Witched were number one on the day Oxford was born with the hit single ‘To You I Belong.’ 4. He captains the Hammers’ Under-21 side – Oxford, despite his tender years, is West Ham’s Under-21 captain and is already regarded as one of the most natural leaders at the club. He also skippered England at the Under-17 World Cup earlier this year. 1. Oxford is West Ham’s youngest ever player – Oxford became West Ham’s youngest ever player in July when the Hammers beat Andorran side FC Lusitans 3-0 in the Europa League. last_img read more