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Arsenal FC manager admits £11 million gamble on Calum Chambers

"I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future"

Chambers set to sign for the Gunners, having made 18 Premier League starts

Arsenal are poised to further strengthen their defence by signing Calum Chambers, a 19-year-old full-back who has only recently broken into the Southampton first team.

Chambers has made just 18 Premier League starts and looks set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player on Monday, having passed a medical with the north London club which means he’s the latest star to leave Southampton this summer.

Arsene Wenger clearly rates Chambers’ performances so far, with the teenager regarded as highly versatile and even able to operate in central midfield, although he is largely considered as a deputy right-back behind new signing Mathieu Debuchy.

“He can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in these three positions,” Wenger said.

“He hasn’t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.”

Chambers signed a four-year-deal with Southampton a year ago which ensured that Arsenal had to stump up the required valuation to secure his signature, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having made the same switch from St Mary’s to the Emirates.

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