Having missed out on Champions League football yet again, Arsenal are now in a summer transfer window, that can affect their long-term future. They have already replaced Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery and are close to making a couple of new signing this summer, but they will have to also resolve the futures of unsettled stars at the club and one such player, who is now wanted elsewhere is Calum Chambers.
Having joined Arsenal from Southampton back in 2014, Chambers failed to impress Arsene Wenger and to break into the first team and made just 10 league starts last season. He has been regularly used in the cup competitions but has been constantly linked with an exit, since the start of the previous season.
Newly promoted club Fulham were interested in his services last summer and have him at the top of their wish list this summer as well. They believe that his experience in the top flight can help them next season and reports claim that the Cottagers are ready to make a move for the 23-year old in the upcoming days. So can Arsenal afford to lose him?
Having also broken into the English national side a couple of years ago, Chambers remains one of the most gifted defenders in the country at the moment. He is strong, athletic and quick while his positioning and technique make him a confident defender. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet, can help with build-up play but is equally adept at cutting out passes in and around his box.
He may not be the strongest in the air but his ability to read the game and throw himself around for his side makes him an effective defender. He is adept at playing no-nonsense football when needed and is a vocal presence at the back, all of which surely attracted Fulham. At just 23, he is yet to play a full-fledged Premier League season as a first-team star, and with the opportunity to do so at Craven Cottage, he will certainly be ready to jump ship.
But Arsenal should not have too many issues, except losing his potential. They have Rob Holding and Kostas Mavropanos as the understudies while Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi remain first team options. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also expected to join the club this summer and will cover for the French international’s injury, leaving no place for Chambers.
So it might be best for all parties if Fulham are indeed able to land the 23-year old this summer.
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