The arrivals of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi at the Emirates Stadium has forced Arsene Wenger to make a decision about Calum Chambers.
The Arsenal boss could either decide to let the 21-year-old stay and fight for a place in the starting line-up, or send him out on loan to gain invaluable first-team experience.
It would appear that the Frenchman has chosen the latter option.
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According to Sky Sports, Chambers has agreed a deal to sign newly-promoted Middlesbrough on a season-long loan.
There were several clubs interested in signing the former Southampton man, who joined the Gunners for £16 million in 2014, but Chambers has decided to join Aitor Karanka’s team.
Still at an early stage in his career, Chambers figured to play an important role for the north London team this season after injuries to Gabriel and Per Mertesacker.
But the signing of Mustafi in a £35m deal from Valencia, due to be announced this week, means Laurent Koscielny has a new partner at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
Chambers had drawn interest from all across Europe, with Roma, Espanyol and Valencia reportedly interested.
Loaning him to an overseas club would have ensured Arsenal aren’t strengthening a fellow Premier League team, but there’s a notable difference between the style of defending in England and other European leagues.
The defender, who has been capped at senior level by England, made only 12 Premier League appearances last term.
He will join a Middlesbrough team that is unbeaten in the league and sits in sixth-place.
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