Wenger: Calum Chambers signing was a gamble

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Calum Chambers LargeArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he took a gamble by paying £16 million to secure the services of Southampton defender Calum Chambers.

The 19 year old versatile defender, who has played just 18 times for Southampton as a right back, is seen as an enormous prospect, but may not be able to make an immediate impact at Arsenal.

Wenger, despite admitting he took a risk by paying over the odds for Chambers, is certain that the England youth international will do well in the future.

According to Sky Sports, he said:

He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions.

He hasn’t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.

Southampton hero Jason Dodd, who was recently sacked as a youth coach at Southampton, believes Wenger can rest easy because he has signed a quality player. He said:

I saw Arsene Wenger in the paper today saying it might be a little bit of a gamble. I don’t see it as a gamble. He’s a very good player. He played 18 times last season and played fantastically well.

The money goes up because he’s English but he’s proven in those games that he is a very good player.

Chambers is certainly someone who will help in the future, as he is one of the best young players in the league. He made a number of starts at right-back for Southampton last season, showcasing a lot of ability at both ends of the pitch.

The young player is more than just a dream for the future as the defender is someone who can help out right away in multiple positions. The Gunners needed cover at right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield, three spots that Chambers is capable of playing.

As he can also fill in at centre-back, he will keep Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny fresh, which is even more important with Thomas Vermaelen likely heading elsewhere. With Arsenal having another full schedule, 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.

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