According to the BBC, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to join London rivals Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The report suggests that the player just needs to agree on personal terms with Cottagers before completing the move.
The 23-year-old has only recently signed a contract extension in north London. However, it seems that he is moving to Craven Cottage for more regular first team football this season.
Pushed down the pecking order by new arrivals
The summer arrivals of Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has seen Chambers fall down the pecking order at the north London.
Chambers looked set to stay at the Emirates Stadium this summer and compete for a starting position. The Gunners defensive options are not the best, but the signing of Sokratis is likely to make Unai Emery’s side slightly tougher at the back.
Chambers made just 12 Premier League appearances last season for the Gunners, with more competition it seems he fancied a move elsewhere.
The departure of Chambers on a temporary basis will likely mean that Shkodran Mustafi is staying at the club, which to some Arsenal fans is terrible news. The Germany international has endured mixed fortunes in north London.
Chambers needs the Premier League experience
For me, Chambers definitely has ability. However, unfortunately, he has not gained the necessary experience at the top level yet, as he has struggled to play regular first-team football at Arsenal.
At 23, he needs to start pushing on and developing if he is to ever become a top defender at Premier League level. Arsenal obviously believes that the defender can mature into a better player otherwise he would not have been given a new deal with the club.
I remember a few years ago the former Southampton player impressed during a loan spell at Middlesbrough, where he looked very assured and accomplished. Maybe another loan spell will be his finishing school.
The move could benefit everybody
This move could benefit everybody involved. If Chambers is not going to play on a regular basis he may as well be gaining vital experience elsewhere, which will only benefit him and the club in the future.
He was always unlikely to start against Manchester City in their opening league game on Sunday, a clash the Gunners are odds of 13/5 to win.
I hope that Chambers makes many appearances and matures during his spell at Craven Cottage and comes back a better player for it.
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