Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Watford, the Arsenal boss addressed what may lie ahead for central defender Calum Chambers.
An injury crisis at the heart of the Gunners’ defence saw Englishman Calum Chambers start their season opener against Liverpool alongside a young new colleague in Rob Holding, formerly of Bolton. Despite scoring Arsenal’s third goal, Chambers was part of a defence that conceded four goals themselves.
Laurent Koscielny’s return last week against Leicester City saw Calum Chambers relegated to the bench, as Holding kept his place having just joined the club this summer. With the warning signs already in place for the 21-year-old, the looming arrival of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi could engineer his departure from the club.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright urged the youngster to leave this past Saturday.
Arsene Wenger has now been pressed on the matter, and told media that although Chambers is not for sale, Mustafi’s signing could see him leave on loan.
“If you do get another central defender, does that affect Calum Chambers’ future at Arsenal?”, Wenger was asked.”
— “Future, no, but the fact that he could go out on loan somewhere and play, yes,” he responded. “[He is] at an age where he needs to play, don’t rule out he comes back.”
Reports yesterday linked the former Southampton star with moves abroad, although both Stoke and West Brom are said to be interested also closer to home.
Calum Chambers willing to look into move abroad (pref Italy/Spain) if Arsenal send him on loan. Stoke & West Brom already interested tho
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 25, 2016