Arsene Wenger says Calum Chambers will be allowed to go out on loan this season should Arsenal complete an expected signing at centre-back.
In the absence of Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny, the England under-21 international started the first game of the season against Liverpool, however, he subsequently dropped to the bench for the 0-0 draw at Leicester.
With Shkodran Mustafi expected to sign a long-term contract in the coming days, the decision has now been taken to help Chambers find first team experience elsewhere.
Asked whether the young centre-back’s future at Arsenal is in doubt, Wenger said: “His [long-term] future? No. The fact that he could go out and play somewhere [on loan], yes.”
Chambers joined the Gunners from Southampton for £16 million in 2014 and immediately impressed in the heart of defence, going on to make 36 appearances in his debut season.
Gabriel’s arrival from Villarreal in January 2015 signalled a change in fortune for the defender who was pushed down the pecking order and had to make do with a few starts as back-up to Hector Bellerin at right-back.
Wenger also touched on the future of Joel Campbell who this week completed a loan move to Sporting Lisbon; his fifth temporary move in five years as a Gunner.
“I believe he’s a victim of the size of the squad. He’s now of an age where he needs to play more regularly.
“I don’t rule out that he comes back here and plays. He’s gone to Sporting and I think it’s an interesting championship; Portugal always has an interesting championship so let’s see how it goes for him.”