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Arsenal deal for Calum Chambers will prove good business - Le Tissier

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Arsenal's decision to invest a significant sum in defender Calum Chambers this summer will eventually represent good business, claims Premier League icon and former Southampton striker Matt le Tissier.

Despite having only made 22 appearances at Premier League level for former club Southampton, Chambers was promptly snapped up by the Gunners this summer in a deal reported to be worth in the region of £16 million.

While the 19-year-old - who made his senior England debut last month during the Three Lions' surprisingly impressive 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park - obviously has a lot of potential, many onlookers questioned if lavishing that sort of money on such an inexperienced player was remotely justifiable, even given Arsene Wenger's lack of depth at the back

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Long-term benefit

Le Tissier acknowledged such a sentiment but proceeded to sing Chambers' praises and share his belief that Arsenal will reap the benefits of that particular deal in the future.

"He's very good," he said in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Star.

"£16m sounded like a lot of money to pay for someone who hadn't started 20 Premier League games. But I think long-term, they will look back and say it was good business."

Balotelli value

One other recent high-profile transfer conducted for a £16 million fee was that of Mario Balotelli to Liverpool.

The controversial Italian international - well-known in the Premier League from his hugely eventful spell at Manchester City - swapped AC Milan for Liverpool in August as Brendan Rodgers sought to fill the significant void at Anfield left by the sale of talismanic forward Luis Suarez to Barcelona after the World Cup.

"The difference with Chambers and Balotelli is that he's English. English players have a premium," Le Tissier continued.

"I look at Balotelli and the price was reduced because of what he brings with him off the field.

"From a pure footballing point of view, £16m isn't a realistic figure for Balotelli on his talent alone. It all comes down to the risk you take with him upsetting changing room."

Liverpool risk

So far, Balotelli appears to settled relatively well on Merseyside and we have yet to see any real repeat of the sort of antics that saw compatriot and former manager Roberto Mancini so desperate to offload him back to Serie A last January.

He is yet to register on the scoresheet for his new club, however, and will need to start firing soon with Liverpool having suffered a slightly underwhelming start to the new campaign and badly missing the injured Daniel Sturridge.

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