Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is bound to get tongues wagging after revealing he was also a Chelsea fan as a child in an interview with the Gooner.

The forward did explain how it was because he was a fan of Zola, so he would always follow Chelsea when they played. Similarly, watching Henry play for Arsenal is how he became a true fan of the club, which he obviously later joined.

The news that the Ox – our Ox – supported the Blues as a youngster will unnerve most fans. However, I don’t think we have anything to worry about. The forward appears to now well and truly be a Gunner for the foreseeable future.

“I wasn’t the most loyal fan as a boy, I’m not going to lie,” the Ox said. “I used to support Zola and Henry so whenever Chelsea or Arsenal were playing and those two were playing, I would support them and the team.

“As I grew older, as I understood football more, watching the whole Arsenal team and how they used to play, that’s what I fell in love with and that was a massive part of why I chose to come to Arsenal at the time I did.”

England's forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Lithuania's defender Linas Klimavicius
England’s forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Lithuania’s defender Linas Klimavicius (R) vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group E qualifying football match between Lithuania and England at LFF stadium in Vilnius on October 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PETRAS MALUKAS (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking about his future at the team, he acknowledged that obviously he’s got a long way to go before he considers where he wants to end his career. However, at the moment, he’s incredibly happy to be with the team.

“At the moment, I’m absolutely over the moon to be at this club,” he said. “I love every minute here and I’m really looking forward to the future, especially with the squad that we’ve got.”