Wenger may return to Southampton FC for a transfer as the Frenchman looks to bolster his right back options.
Arsenal have successfully bought from Southampton recently, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain two players firmly embedded in Arsene Wenger's senior selection at the Emirates Stadium and, according to a report published earlier this week in The Mirror, may well raid Southampton once again in order to recruit emerging full back Calum Chambers, a 19-year-old who is enjoying a breakout season at St Mary's Stadium.
Considering the ambiguous nature of accomplished defender Bacary Sagna's future, whose contract with the Gunners expires in June and is a player allegedly wanted by Internazionale, Wenger may have been alerted to the form of Chambers due to the Englishman's upside, his statistics and how he compares favourably to Sagna's understudy Carl Jenkinson.
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At Arsenal, Chambers would not just be expected to be competent in defence, but also able to run the lines, contribute to the attack and be able to feed players such as Olivier Giroud. In terms of touches per appearance, Chambers sees the football far more frequently than Jenkinson, with almost 70 touches every game on average.
The Saints man also returns more accurate passes (at least three more than Jenkinson), embarks on more dribbles per game, supplies more precise crosses and also creates more chances.
Chambers is also more dominant when it comes to pure defensive actions as he makes four times as many interceptions on average, far more clearances, almost three times as many blocks, more than twice as many tackle attempts and over twice as many successful duels.
Valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £1.8m, Southampton would likely command a fee far higher than that - perhaps £10m - due to the player's age, potential and the club's desire to retain his signature in order to continue progressing further in the football league ladder.
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