Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be warm to the idea of deploying versatile wonderkid in midfield against Manchester City on Sunday.
He's already been tasked with marking penalty box poacher Radamel Falcao when AS Monaco visited the Emirates Stadium last weekend and now talented teenager Calum Chambers may be asked to play the Sami Khedira role when Arsenal tackle Manchester City, against the likes of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The 19-year-old, a £16 million acquisition from Southampton earlier in the summer, was believed to have been bought in order to provide cover for Mathieu Debuchy at right back and, in a pinch, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at centre back.
However, the Daily Star are reporting that the versatile former Saint will be deployed in a defensive midfield role in the Community Shield and, if the gamble pays off, then it could save the club in excess of £50 million in combined transfer fee and wages for one of two midfield solutions - Sami Khedira of Real Madrid and William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon.
Wenger has been an active player in this summer's transfer market having already supplemented the Debuchy and Chambers purchases with the marquee arrival of Alexis Sanchez and goalkeeper David Ospina.
The North Londoners though were expected to conclude their dealings for the current window with either Khedira or Carvalho.
The German media recently intimated that Khedira should be given an ultimatum by Real Madrid, to either move on or face sitting out the season on the bench. La Liga expert Graham Hunter, meanwhile, attempted to bring clarity to the situation earlier today on talkSPORT, saying there are no guarantees he will remain in Spain.
Realistically, Wenger may only be left with two options - Carvalho… or Chambers.