Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £16 million fee for Southampton right-back Calum Chambers. In return, Serge Gnabry has been rumoured by the Mirror to join the Saints on a one-year loan-deal.
Following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have become a team overloaded with attacking options. Ultimately, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry and Sanchez are all vying for a place in Arsene Wenger's starting eleven.
Consequently, the 19-year-old starlet Gnabry has been linked with a move to Southampton, in order to naturally progress his development by regularly playing Premier League football.
However, Arsenal fans shouldn't feel deterred by Wenger letting their wing-wizard play for a rival Premier League club. Previously, Wenger loaned-out an 18-year-old Jack Wilshere to Bolton Wanderers for half of the 2009/10 season, leading Bolton to attempt to sign him for another season. Ruthlessly, Wenger declined, and Wilshere has been a maestro in Arsenal's midfield ever since.
During the 2013/14 season Gnabry made just 14 appearances for Arsenal and scored his first ever professional goal against Swansea City. Following his early season flourish, Gnabry was nominated for the Golden Boy Award 2013. Unsurprisingly, Wenger rewarded Gnabry with a brand new five-year contract.
Wenger believes that Gnabry has the raw talent to grace the right-wing, yet his natural progression will lead him to play through the middle, as he told arsenal.com: "I'm convinced he has the pace, the dribbling capacity and the physical potential to play wide and these kind of players are very important in the modern game."
"Of course he will certainly end up in a few years centrally because he can give a final ball as well. But we have congestion there, with many players who can play centrally."
Following the departures of Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Chambers, Koeman desperately needs to bring life to Southampton's wounded squad. Nevertheless, Saints fans should be excited at the possibility of Gnabry gracing St.Mary's for an entire season, even if he will remain an Arsenal player.
However, with the BBC circulating rumours that Morgan Schneiderlin is also being touted by Arsenal and that Spurs have made an enquiry for Jay Rodriguez, it has become practically impossible for Saints fans to feel remotely pleased about signing any player to a loan-deal, regardless of Gnabry's innate talent.
According to the Mirror, Newcastle and Sunderland are also chasing Gnabry, so Koeman will hope that his recent negotiations with Wenger regarding the sales of Chambers and Schneiderlin will place Southampton as the favourites to sign the German.
Despite the continuation of the mass exodus at Southampton, the potential wizardry of Gnabry shouldn't be overlooked by Saints fans whilst they pray for signings. Obviously, Koeman needs to sign nearly £50 million worth of players, in addition to Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, before Saints fans can reflect on the potential of any new addition to their squad.
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