Arsene Wenger has admitted that Calum Chambers is a gamble and one for the future after the youngster completed his move to the Emirates.
The north London side have secured the signature of the promising youngster as Wenger looks to add another defender to his squad.
The 19-year-old can play either as a full-back or a centre-half and is expected to cost the Gunners in the region of £16 million.
Wenger has been quoted in a number of national news outlets as saying: “He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions.”
The Arsenal manager is well aware that £16 million is a lot for a largely unproven youngster but knows that the premium on English players means this is an investment for the future.
“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.”
The Southampton starlet is Wenger’s fourth signing of the summer and will cost roughly £16 million, despite only making 21 professional appearances in his career.
Chambers was a member of the highly fruitful Southampton Youth System which has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana and Theo Walcott, and the youngster will be hoping to go on to be another English success.
The versatile youngster has only spent one season playing professional football but was highly rated at Southampton and tipped for a big future, making the interest from Arsenal far from surprising.
Chambers has played at both U17 and U19 level for England making six appearances and scoring three goals for the U17 before making the step up to U19s where he made 18 appearances and scored two goals.
Wenger has already confirmed the signings of three internationals, who all appeared at this summers World Cup, already this window.
Alexis Sanchez has been Wenger’s marquee signing, costing £35 million from Barcelona.
Sanchez was one of the stand out performers in Brazil and with the ability to play as a wide man or a striker, Wenger will be hoping the Chilean will add some well needed fire power and goals to the Arsenal squad.
Mathieu Debuchy cost Arsenal £12 million from Newcastle and is a direct replacement for Bacary Sagna, who was sold on a free to Manchester City.
Debuchy was France’s first choice right-back at the World Cup, being picked ahead of Sagna and is excellent defensively as well as having great ball control and delivery in the final third.
Wenger has also secured the signature of Columbia keeper, David Ospina from Nice in the hope this will give Scezny competition for his place.
Ospina was another stand out performer at the World Cup but Wenger has said that Scezny is still his number one at this point in time.