Arsenal, more now than ever before, have to be resourceful.
Our dedication to staying self-sustaining means we can reinvest our profits, but that means a transfer budget of around 40-50m.
So, if there are any ways we can bolster our squad on the cheap, then we have to look into it.
One of those cost-cutting measure is the reintegration of Calum Chambers into our squad, and perhaps our first eleven.
The centre back enjoyed a contrasting season on loan at Fulham. Chambers was awarded the Fulham Player of the Year award for his displays as a defensive midfielder, but ultimately, the Cottagers went down.
Chambers did his long-term chances no harm whatsoever with his displays though. He was incredibly mature and was a rare bright spot in a dismal season for Fulham. Chambers had great positioning in this defensive lynchpin role, and perhaps showed Unai Emery that this versatility and defensive maturity could be a real fillip for our squad.
With Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal both on the wrong side of their careers and both also mainstays of our central defence, it places a focus on additions to boost our backline. Dinos Mavropanos is likely going on loan, Rob Holding and Sokratis look to be our long term pairing, and Calum Chambers coming back into the fold could give our stretched defence the backup It sorely requires.
Chambers also plays at right-back too, and with his performances last season, it means he can give Lucas Torreira a bit of a breather as the defensive element of our midfield.
Much will hinge on pre-season and how much he impresses Emery’s coaching team, but Chambers must make a fist of this opportunity. He wouldn’t struggle to find another club, but we could really do with a player like Chambers, who showed he has what it takes while playing for a struggling team.
So just imagine what he could do with a team looking firmly up the table.