With Arsenal already looking as short as a sausage dog in defence, with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker ruled out for quite a while, not even Arsene Wenger would think it was a good idea to let one of the few central defensive options left at the Emirates leave the club, whether om a temporary or permanent basis.
So with the Daily Mail reporting that our versatile young star Calum Chambers set to be sent out on loan, or at least made available, you have to think that the manager has something lined up, as that would leave us with just Rob Holding to partner Laurent Koscielny at the back.
The reason the former Southampton star is going on loan is to get the regular game time he needs to progress, with no suggestion that his career as a Gunner is coming to an end. I can understand that but it only makes sense if the boss has something up his sleeve in the last few days of the transfer window.
Whether that means that the much reported move for the Valencia and Germany centre back Shkodran Mustafi is back on, or whether the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the West Brom star Jonny Evans or the Euro 2016 winning Jose Fonte from Southampton are closer to the mark, only time will tell.