Arsenal defender poised to make transfer decision by Monday

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to decide on his future this weekend, having fallen down the pecking order in North-London.

The 21 year-old joined from Southampton two years ago, and looked to be impressing in makeshift outings at centre-back and at right-back after his arrival, but has struggled to make his mark on the first-team over the past year.

Rob Holding has since arrived, and was last week selected ahead of him for the tie away at Leicester City, and with the imminent arrival of Shkodran Mustafi, Chambers is set to struggle for match minutes.

The versatile man is now expected to make a loan move away before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, with a host of English and European clubs expected to offer him a role.

Hull, Middlesbrough, West Ham, Stoke and Derby are all credited with an interest, while he may prefer to experience a foreign league, with Espanyol, Valencia and Roma all believed to be possibilities.

Stoke are changing their style of play to a more creative one, and that may be look attractive for Wenger, while Middlesbrough would be an exciting club to play for under Aitor Karanka, who I believe is one of the upcoming managers who could go far within the game.

Chambers will likely hold talks with Wenger about where would be best for him to gain experience this season, but they are awaiting the official offers to come in before a decision is made.

The former Southampton youth product will likely be on the bench for today’s match with Watford, and then a decision is expected to be made within 48 hours.

If you were Chambers, which team would you join?

Gooner P

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  1. Sending Chambers on loan wouldn’t be such a loss as he’s hardly put a foot……………or two right since his arrival. Gave away a ridiculous pass at Leicester last week and has too many calamitous moments when allowed to play.

    He was bought as some sort of young prodigy like Arsenal seem to like doing nowadays and just like the others of that mantle has failed to deliver. Chambers for me is another Yaya Sonogo but in defence and an accident waiting to happen.

    I know some people might say “oh but he’s young and needs more playing time to get used to things” but that’s no excuse he’d been given all his training and playing time at Southampton…..he should be able to hit the ground running and do a lot better than he has for Arsenal.

    1. Fair enough… Still got a lot of room to improve though. And if he dosn’t, there’s Holding and Bielik who look very, very good.

      1. why the thumbs down? he is very young plenty of room to improve- yes 16 mill is alot but so was 40 mill for mangala 🙂

        i honestly reckon bielek could be a utility player when hes ready, an holding looks a steal

    2. A 19 year old should hit the ground running? And at CB of all places? That’s absolutely ridiculous. First off he was playing as a RB at Southampton, and has had to make the adjustments to CB. The qualities involved especially on the mental side of things is very different. Even if he had started as a CB, playing at the heart of a defence is something that many players take years to master, that’s why CB see their best years much later on relative to any other position bar GK. He has been starved of game time and experience is absolutely vital towards the role.

    3. Monreal @25 was more shocking and unreliable than chambers @21, but look how things change. Monreal is probably the most reliable player or at least defender we have.
      Even the boss himself was a liability for about two seasons after arrival.
      Give the kid more time.

      1. i agree ..lets follow the theo model…if after a entire DECADE hes still not showing quality..then MAYBE we can discuss benching him

        lol, im joking

        chambers was named after the wu tangs album- he has to come good!

  2. I think middlesborough will be best for him to gain an experience, as they are newly promoted which means he stand more chance.

    1. My thoughts exactly. Added to the fact that I rate their gaffer, this looks like the best option for him.

      He just needs to learn defensive discipline, and he’ll come good.

      1. Reports are suggesting that Chambers has the desire to play in Italy or Spain.
        Even though the premier league would be more beneficial for him, I can’t see the harm in him going to Italy, The home of defensivley played football lol.

  3. A 16 mill player going out on loan after
    2 years at the club is not a good look.
    All the clubs do it though.
    If all the under performing players
    were sent out on loan then Walcott Wellbeck Wilshere
    Gibbs Sanogo Jenkinson Wellbeck and Debuchy would
    all have been on loan these past two seasons.
    Talking about Debuchy who is contracted till 2019
    is he leaving or being loaned or staying?
    If he and Chambers do go I hope we get a top
    cover for Bellerin and not some El cheapo like Tisserand.

    1. ah davy your comments of late tell me your feeling under the weather. hows new zealand?
      yes hes 16 mill but with the british premium an his age , we will recoup the money if need be, an if he comes good then lovely.

      no team in the league has a perfectly streamlined squad, yes those names are definite benchers besides welbeck but they can do a job in the smaller games.

      u want sanchez an ozil to get injured by some have a go hero in a league cup third round vs shrewsbury town?

  4. Little gutted for Chambers I think he’s had some great performances against challenging opponents like Aguero etc.

    But doesn’t look like he’s getting much game time unless in RB – but that’s not his best position –

    So loan looks logical and likely

  5. If Bolton hadn’t of been relegated maybe that would be a decent place, they do have a decent record with toughening up their CB’s. I think wherever he goes he has to be first choice, and it has to be in the centre. Italy would be good but I don’t think he’d be a starter at Roma, even if they sold Manolas I doubt he’d be first choice.

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