ALEX Chamberlain should leave Saints for Arsenal “as soon as possible” – according to his dad.

Former England international footballer Mark Chamberlain believes his son’s best interest would be to make the switch to the Gunners as quickly as he can in order to “continue his development.”

Chamberlain Senior’s words will start the inevitable rush for the 17- year-old’s signature this summer.

Arsenal were seriously interested in signing Chamberlain in January but were not quite able to agree on the breakdown of a £10m deal with Saints.

That meant the move stalled with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool , Everton and Tottenham also interested.

But sources say that, if the player were to move, then his preferred destination remains Arsenal – following in the footsteps of Theo Walcott.

Chamberlain Senior said: “Considering where he was at the beginning of the season and end of last season, to have the clubs we’ve been hearing about looking at him, he’s made great strides.

“But watching him and watching his performances I think it’s well deserved.

“He’s only going to get better.

“A lot of people speak to me and say ‘Maybe it’s too soon, look at Theo.’ But for me I think Theo’s doing fantastic, he’s developing as a player, he’s still developing and he’s only young.

On son Alex’s future, he said: “To develop at a place like Arsenal can’t be a bad thing.

“In my eyes, I’d like him to go there as soon as possible, and continue his development.”

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