Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has turned down Southampton’s offer of taking Calum Chambers on loan for next season, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Saints were keen on the idea of luring Chambers back to St. Mary’s Stadium on loan for the coming campaign, only a year after allowing him to move to Arsenal for £16million.
However, it’s believed Wenger is of the stance that Chambers will not be loaned out to anyone, and has flatly refused the proposal sent forth by the powers that be on the South Coast.
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This comes irrespective of the fact that Chambers slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium over the course of last term, ending up firmly behind the likes of Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker despite being able to play in multiple positions.
As a result a number of Premier League clubs were thought to be ready to offer him some regular opportunities in the form of a loan spell, but Wenger isn’t keen on the idea.
The Mirror state that instead the Frenchman sees Chambers as a centre-back who can provide cover on the flanks and in midfield, meaning his versatility is key to the plans in north London.
Chambers' north London development
Whether or not that’s beneficial for his career remains to be seen, with Chambers craving first-team football having initially impressed with the Gunners.
Immediately after his switch to Wenger’s fold he was effortlessly good at last summer’s Emirates Cup, and until the turn of the year enjoyed plenty of appearances.
Yet Wenger wants to build a squad that can seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season, and it could be argued that his reliance on youth has been what has cost him at points during previous years.
Change in tact?
Le Prof has garnered a reputation for developing great players from great prodigies, but though it bodes well for the future there really is no substitute for the finished product when it comes to securing major trophies.
With the large-scale spending of recent seasons and the fact that Wenger now boasts a squad packed full of talent that has already come of age, could it be that by relegating youngsters of high-potential - such as Chambers - to the background of his squad, he’ll finally be able to end the domestic drought?
Arsenal fans, should Wenger have let Chambers rejoin Southampton on loan? Let us know in the comments box below what you think.