By Abigail Withey
Arsenal right-back Calum Chambers has been handed a lifeline by manager Arsenal Wenger in the midst of Gabriel Paulista’s departure from the club, according to a report.
The Mirror has revealed that Arsene Wenger has told the 22-year-old that he is back in his plans for the 2017/18 season after defender Gabriel has completed his £10 million move to Valencia on Friday.
The newspaper claims that the north London club are no longer looking to offload the England Under 21 and is instead back in contention for a spot in the squad.
It is said that the former Southampton starlet was close to a move to Crystal Palace, but now all potential transfers have been stopped in their tracks.
Chambers moved to the Emirates back in 2014 in a deal worth over £18 million but has failed to nail down a regular starting spot in the first-team.
Since joining three years ago the defender has made 59 appearances for the Gunners where he has played at both right-back and centre-half on the backline as well as in a defensive midfield position.
The Englishman was loaned out to former Premier League side Middlesbrough for the duration of the previous season where he impressed throughout his 26 appearances.
However, his efforts in Middlesbrough’s defence wasn’t enough to stop the club being relegated, and he returned to the Emirates after a disappointing loan spell.
Chambers is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners since rejoining from his season away.
The report details that while Chambers looks to remain at the club for another season a number of his team mates could be making a swift departure from the Emirates in the closing weeks of the transfer window.
Spanish forward Lucas Perez is said to be wanted back by former club Deportivo de Coruna while West Brom and Galatasaray have their eye on defender Kieran Gibbs.
In other Arsenal news, Manchester United are set to hijack the Gunners’ pursuit of a Monaco winger.