Throughout his time at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has shown the ability to scout and develop young talent and turn them into superstars. Calum Chambers could be next in a great line of players.
The club announced the signing of the 19-year-old defender on its Twitter account:
According to Massimo Marioni of Metro, the deal is for £12 million, although the price has not officially been disclosed. Either way, it is a high enough cost for Wenger to call the move a gamble. He explained why he made the purchase:
He hasn’t played many games but the English players on the market in England are very expensive,’ he said. At the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a one for the future.
He is a player I wanted because I rated his quality and intelligence. He is only 19 and can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in those three positions.
Chambers is certainly someone who can help in the future as one of the best young players in the league. He made 18 starts at right-back for Southampton last season, showcasing a lot of ability on both ends of the pitch.
Squawka Football and WhoScored.com broke down how well he stacked up against other young players in his defensive statistics:
Recent signing Mathieu Debuchy will likely inherit Bacary Sagna's starting spot at right-back, but the French star is already 29 years old. He obviously has a lot of ability, but he is not exactly a long-term solution at the position.
Within a few years, Chambers could be expected to slide into the spot and become an elite right-back for the Gunners.
Of course, the young player is more than just a dream for the future. The defender is someone who can help out right away at multiple positions. Wenger discussed his versatility, which is something Simon Peach of the Press Association agrees with:
Arsenal needed cover at right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield, three spots that Chambers is capable of playing. With Aaron Ramsey's tendency to travel up the pitch, having a better defender alongside him in the holding midfield spot would be very useful.
Injuries in the midfield was a major story from last season, but this will be one more person capable of filling in without any drop in ability.
Meanwhile, he can also fill in at centre-back to keep Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny fresh. This is even more important with Thomas Vermaelen likely headed out of town.
With Arsenal having another full schedule that includes matches in the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and more, there will certainly be opportunities for Chambers to get onto the pitch and improve as a player.
If Wenger uses him right, he should be able to get his money's worth right away this season.
Additionally, moving him around the pitch throughout the year will give the coaching staff a chance to better see where Chambers is at his best. They can then decide where to put him where he can be a star for years to come.
Football analyst Jamie Reid believes this move will pay off for Arsenal:
With Chambers' ability to help out this year and in the future, he has a very good chance to live up to his price tag no matter where he ends up playing.
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