Chambers set to go out on loan!
Whilst Arsenal fans are looking for potential newcomers to add to the squad, one player that could be leaving the club this summer is defender Calum Chambers!
Calum Chambers has been touted to be heading out of the Emirates this summer, with a loan away from the club more than likely for the young Englishman. According to the Daily Telegraph, Wenger has approved the club’s intention to send the 21 year old out on loan for the upcoming season, meaning that he is unlikely to be a part of Wenger’s current plans and that Le Prof may be looking elsewhere in the market for a new centre half.
Chambers is still highly rated by the club, and certainly does have lots of potential to grow and develop into a future Arsenal and England star. However his current form over the past season has dramatically dropped in comparison to his first few months at the club. Admittedly Chambers did not have loads of opportunities to make his mark in the Arsenal first team last season, making just a hatful of appearances over the entire year. His performances were nothing of the sort that Arsenal fans were hoping for after having a very strong debut against Man City in the FA Community Shield back in 2014. The next few months were also promising for the defender before a lack of opportunities and a fall in form meant that he was put down the pecking order, however Chambers still has plenty to give.
Chambers was a part of the successful England team this summer to win the Toulon Tournament in France, even captaining the side in the 1-0 win over Japan. His consistency in the England squad shows he does have what it takes to grow into a good player for club and country, however he needs more playing opportunities and that could be why Wenger is sending the player out on loan. Chambers is one of the club’s biggest investments, costing £16 million from Southampton back in 2014 and so it is extremely unlikely the club will be giving up on a player that they have devoted so much time and money to.
Crystal Palace, Swansea, Watford, Bournemouth and former club Southampton have already supposedly registered their interest in taking the youngster on loan next season and I would be more than happy to see Chambers get a chance to thrive at any one of those clubs. Southampton would probably be the best chance for him since he knows the club well and I doubt there would be any concerns over a lack of playing time since he was making regular appearances for the club, before his big money move to the Gunners. One thing that is certain is that if Chambers does go, Wenger must again look to invest in another centre half over the course of the summer transfer window, otherwise the Gunners could be left shorthanded once the usual injuries kick in.
Is this the best move for Calum?