Arsenal kick start their 2014/2015 season with the Community Shield match against League champions Manchester City this weekend.
Arsène Wenger while speaking to Arsenal’s official website says Calum Chambers has the qualities to establish himself as a regular member of the Arsenal first-team squad.
The 19-year-old signed from Southampton in July and impressed at the heart of defence when making his debut at last weekend’s Emirates Cup. Chambers can cover a variety of positions and Wenger believes the teenager has the qualities to be a long-term success.
“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,” Wenger said.
And although Wenger admitted that the player came at a high price for the club considering his present age and experience level but the boss however insisted that the youngster is one for the future.
“I’m a great believer that we spent a lot of money for him, that’s true but in the longer term it is well spent – that is the most important thing.
“When a player is bought for a longer period you can never say it’s expensive. At the moment it’s expensive yes but I don’t regret it.”
And although Arsenal have a little over three weeks till the end of the summer transfer window, the boss however revealed that he is going to pick from within its rank to sort out his defensive midfield woes thus shutting the door to other targets.
The boss talked about Chamber’s versatility, and hinted on a position in which he would most likely place the youngster in the coming season.
“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.”
Wenger, when asked about rumours linking Arsenal with Real Madrid star ruled out a move for the Germany international Sami Khedira.
“We were never close to signing him because Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have quite a few offensive box-to-box players,” he explained.”
Going by the comments made by Wenger (both on Chambers and Wilshere), the boss is clearly done with adding more option to his defensive midfield area and will be exploring these players (Wilshere, Chambers and others) from within his team to sort out his defensive midfield woes