Arsene Wenger speaks out on Calum Chambers and says he can play three positions

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed why he is keen to pay a high price for Calum Chambers.

Arsenal expect to wrap up the signing of Calum Chambers this week as Southampton's summer exodus continues.

The 19-year-old could cost as much as £16 million, a fee which by willing to pay, demonstrates the Gunners' new spending power.

Chambers is thought of predominantly as a right-back, and will compete with another new signing Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin for position, although one of the latter could head out on loan.

Yet Wenger reveals it is Chambers' ability to pay in two other different positions which makes him worth signing.

He told The Mail: "He hasn’t played many games but the English players on the market in England are very expensive, at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a one for the future.

"He is a player I wanted because I rated his quality and intelligence. He is only 19 and can play at centre-back, right-back and central midfield. I hope he will give us competition for the players in those three positions."

Wenger's comments not only reveal the worth of Chambers to the club, and that a deal is very close, but also ask questions over recruitment in other areas.

Arsenal have been linked with signing centre-backs and defensive midfielders, so does signing Chambers mean he will not be adding any of these?

The answer in terms of defenders, likely relies on Thomas Vermaelen. If the Belgian goes, it is likely Wenger will sign another centre-back if he can.

In terms of midfielders, Wenger clearly has his top targets, with Lars Bender, Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin linked.

Yet if they cannot acquire any of these, do not bet against Wenger happily settling for what he has, and using the position for Chambers to get plenty of opportunities.

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