Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that the £16m deal which brought to Calum Chambers to the Emirates last week will prove to be worth every penny in the long-term, while also revealing he sees the England Under-19 captain eventually moving forward to operate as a holding midfielder.
Chambers has enjoyed a whirlwind week and is now firmly in contention for a starting spot in Arsenal's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, following a composed pair of displays in the Emirates Cup.
Vision for the future
During his press conference for Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester City the Gunners boss addressed why he decided to spend so much money on a 19-year-old with only 22 Premier League appearances to his name.
Wenger explained: "I don't regret spending money on him, he can be a top player for us.
"He's 19 years of age, he's a young promising talent and when you're a manager you believe in the players when you buy them,
“He can play a major role because in what I observe he has the qualities to impose himself in this part of the team. I believe he can play in defensive midfield and that's where I see him.”
Versatile young talent
There's no question that Arsenal have managed to draft in a startlet capable of playing in a multitude of positions, but Gunners fans got their first glimpse of the youngster at central defence in last weekend's Emirates Cup.
Chambers showed an assured streak beyond his teenage years against Benfica in particular, giving Wenger plenty of encouragement that Per Mertesacker's late return to the squad won't be too much of a detriment in the short-term.
Mertesacker will definitely miss the Palace clash and only returns to first-team training a day after the Community Shield, so Wenger must be seriously considering partnering Chambers with Laurent Koscielny for that start to the domestic campaign.
Patience is the key
Wenger has certainly done nothing to take the pressure of the last of his four summer signings to date, but Arsenal fans will still be desperate to see a top defensive midfield option arrive before the transfer window slams shut.
Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and more recently William Carvalho have all been mentioned in connection with a mega-money summer switch to the Emirates, but don't be surprised to see Wenger stick with Chambers this season and see if the Saints academy star is ready for consistent first-team action from the outset.
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