Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has nothing left to offer to manager Mikel Arteta and should be free to find a transfer away, claims one pundit.
The 26-year-old is one of the longest-serving players in the Gunners squad, having joined in summer 2014. However, he has spent a decent portion of the time since on loan, as well as on the treatment table. In fact, he missed a total of 45 games after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last January.
As such, he only made his comeback in December in a Europa League game with Rapid Vienna.
Despite re-emerging as an option, though, Chambers has only played a sporadic role since his comeback; he made his first Premier League appearance of the campaign earlier this month and has made six outings overall.
In fact, Arteta faced questions over his future in the January transfer window, but insisted that Chambers would be staying at the Emirates Stadium.
According to Kevin Campbell, though, Chambers has had his chance to prove his worth to Arsenal. The pundit believes, therefore, that the time for him to stake a proper claim in the team again has gone.
“No, we still need to sign a right-back in the summer,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“Calum Chambers is not the answer. He had a good game against West Ham and fair play to him.
“But he has been at the club a long, long time and he has not proven to be the answer at right-back over all of these years. He is not all of a sudden the answer now.
“We need a player who is versatile so no, I do not think Chambers is the answer long-term.
“I think if Arsenal are serious, the likes of Chambers have to be sold.”
Chambers, a centre-back by trade, has featured more at right-back this season. However, Hector Bellerin has kept his role ahead of him this term.
Chambers will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season.
Arsenal after attacking midfielder
Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir.
The Frenchman came close to sealing a move to the Premier League in 2018, with Liverpool keen.
However, that deal fell through at the final hour and the player later moved from Lyon to Betis.
Nevertheless, a move to England could again be on the cards.