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Arsenal target £10m-rated Southampton starlet

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Calum Chambers could be on his way to the Emirates this summer (©GettyImages)
Calum Chambers could be on his way to the Emirates this summer (©GettyImages).

Bacary Sagna is yet to extend his contract at the Emirates, and it seems increasingly likely that the French right-back will depart on a free transfer this summer - with French giants Monaco and PSG interested, according to the Daily Mirror.

Accordingly, Arsene Wenger is looking to snatch yet another talented Southampton youngster to join Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Calum Chambers may exist in the shadow of the Luke Shaw transfer drama, but the England Under-19 international is an excellent defender in his own right. The Daily Mirror values him at £10million - which could be a bargain if he can adequately fill Sagna’s boots.

At the moment, Chambers averages 2.4 tackles per game, outpacing Sagna’s 1.5. He also averages two interceptions per game, to Sagna’s 1.4.

But, Chambers' stats reveal that he does need to work on his discipline - he averages 1.1 fouls per game, whereas the veteran Sagna averages only .6.

The two do play a very similar style - looking for the short pass often, and there’s a strong likelihood that Chambers could be a very good signing for Wenger

However, what does this mean for Carl Jenkinson? When he was signed from Charlton in 2011, Wenger described him as “a player with great talent and natural defensive ability, but also a powerful player who likes to go forward."

This makes him very similar to Sagna, with the added benefit of costing nothing more to Arsenal. Furthermore, Arsenal could use the funds they would have to use to sign Chambers to help bring in a striker over the summer, as Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner could use the help up front.


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Southampton
Carl Jenkinson
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Bacary Sagna
Arsenal
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