Arsene Wenger says he hasn’t just bought Calum Chambers for the future, and suggested that his long-term future at the club lies in the much-fabled, much sought-after, defensive midfield position.
Although he may be tasked with filling in at centre-half in the early weeks of the season, the Arsenal manager told the press today that he envisages the former Southampton man playing in midfield.
“He can play a major role because, in what I observe, he has the qualities to impose himself in this part of the team,” he said. “I believe he can play in defensive midfield and that’s where I see him.”
Responding to suggestions that his £16m purchase was something of a risk due to his inexperience, Arsene replied, “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.
“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.”
It does look as if this season is going to be one in which Chambers plays a number of positions, but in the long-term it’s clear the manager has plans for him and that augurs well for his development.