Did Arsenal Really Have To Sign This £16m Defender?

Arsene Wenger had been cold during the transfer windows ever since the side fell in the debt with relation to the Emirates Stadium. A top four finish was a consistent achievement the Gunners made under Arsene Wenger. But it was only last season when Wenger showed his zeal to win trophies, starting off with the blockbuster signing German midfielder Mesut Özil and subsequently lifting the FA Cup. Ironically the first cup Arsenal won after nine years of trophy drought.

For the coming season, the Professor has been ruthless this transfer window, signing the Chile International Alexis Sanchez, French right back Mathieu Debuchy and Columbian goalkeeper David Ospina, for a total of approximately under 50 million. With the transfer market far from over, Arsenal have now completed their forth signing with the 19-year old Southampton defender Calum Chambers been roped in for around £16m.

With Debuchy and Jenkinson in the right back position, the question that has been raised is : Do Arsenal really need Chambers? From my prospective, Yes. The Saints defender has been widely known for his versatility with Arsenal and Manchester United rumoured to be running behind the youngster. The one surprising factor in this move is the fee that Arsene Wenger was ready to pay, a reported £16m for the 19-year old. While, we will have to wait and see if he justfies his price, but the price is simply because he is an English prospect and in this inflated market, English players for some reasons don’t come cheap.

Calum is known to have multiple spheres of excellence ranging from right back to centre back to defensive midfield. Arsenal with their history of losing crucial players in the Business end of the campaign lack depth in their defensive department as compared to their midfield and the addition of Chambers is a welcome addition at the back. The sole reason Arsenal could not grab the Premier League title despite being at the top for maximum number of days was the lack of squad players who could effectively replace the regulars.

Wenger seems to be in no mood of undergoing such disasters again as he looks to add strength to his side. With Jenkinson battling Debuchy for that right back spot, Chambers’ addition will only increase the competition and add depth to the Arsenal squad.

With speculation going around Thomas Vermaelen leaving the club, Chambers will do more than good as a replacement for the centre back position as well. Further in case Arsenal fail to sign a defensive midfielder, Chambers can be tested there as well. Further, a 19 year old can only improve given the qualities he possesses. Southampton players are of great demand, and with the price range of Chambers, he is an apt buy for Arsenal .He played a major role in Southampton’s defence to fill in the shoes of Clyne, who was injured last season. He was brilliant and thus, could not escape from the eyes of the admirer of young talents: Arsene Wenger.


Written by Dinesh V

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