Arsene Wenger admits that he is paying big money to secure the services of Calum Chambers but hopes the 19-year-old’s versatility will prove value for money in the long-term.
Speaking openly in New York about a deal that is ‘done’ but yet to be confirmed via official channels, the boss admitted on Saturday night that the price agreed (£11m up front potentially rising to £16m) with Southampton was somewhat inflated due to Chambers’ British passport.
“He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield,” Wenger said after the defeat to New York Red Bulls.
“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.”
It remains to be seen whether the acquisition of Chambers sees Arsene tick ‘centre-back’ off his summer shopping list. Arseblog News supposes any futher movement in defence may well hinge on Thomas Vermaelen’s future, although we do look light there whether the Belgian stays or not.
What about Southampton? Chambers is the fifth big money exit of the summer at Saint Mary’s with the Saints also losing left-back Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Liverpool snapping up trio Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
With new manager Ronald Koeman replacing Mauricio Pochettino (his mother having turned to questionable late night activities don’t you know) it’s an exodus even Bob Marley might have struggled to put into words.
On the plus side, it’s not us. So who gives a sh*t?