With the new Premier League season approaching, Arsenal fans will have high hopes that their team can go one better than last term and become English champions.

In defence Arsene Wenger appears to have a set formula, with Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny competing for two centre-half roles.

This will leave Calum Chambers scratching his head before the new campaign begins and wondering just how much football he will receive at the Emirates Stadium in coming months.

There were high hopes for the 21-year-old when the Gunners splashed out to bring him to North London from Southampton, with evidence in his early performances as a Gunner to justify the sizeable fee.

Chambers has featured at centre-half, right-back and even in midfield during his time at Arsenal, while also becoming an England international.

However, two Premier League starts and a total of 312 minutes on the pitch in 2015-16 was a poor return for a player tipped to have such a bright future.

Reports in the press stipulate that Watford are keen to bring Chambers to Vicarage Road on loan next season.

This seems like a sensible move for all concerned.

Chambers would receive regular first-team football to aid his development before returning to Arsenal, while Watford would have a talented and versatile player added to their squad for 12 months.

Although the Gunners are having something of a defensive crisis through injury and unavailability before the new campaign begins, allowing this gifted defender a grace period elsewhere could well get his career back on track.


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