Nigel Adkins is 'very proud' of how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has progressed since leaving Southampton but says his side will be out to stop him and Arsenal this weekend.
The 19-year-old graduated from the south coast club's academy and helped Saints to automatic promotion from the third tier in his only full season there in the first team.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's performances saw him join Arsenal for a fee rising to £15million last summer and he could now face his former club at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Adkins is proud of the way the winger has developed since leaving St Mary's and, while he would love him to be lining up for Saints, takes pride in his performances.
He does, though, hope the winger has an off day on Saturday.
"I am very proud," said the manager. "I think everybody should be proud because he has come through our system.
"We said at the time we would have loved him to have stayed with us because this is where we wanted to be.
"We wanted Alex to be playing for us in the Premier League, but as a League One player he made the decision to then move.
"He has done fantastic there. I think if we can give them (players) the right principles in life and the right standards in how they conduct themselves, they can improve.
"It is always a joy to watch him play. You want him to do well for England, and for himself and his family at his football club.
"On Saturday, though, it is about us winning so we will do everything we can to get that win.
"We want that winning mentality but it is great to see that Alex is doing ever so well at this moment in time.
"As long as he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps working very, very hard on his game and does not take anything for granted, there is no reason why he can't go from strength to strength."
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