Arsenal are open to offers for Calum Chambers this month, potentially on a loan deal with a view to a permanent exit later, according to a report.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta congratulates Arsenal's English defender Calum Chambers (L) on the pitch after the UEFA Europa League 1st Round Group B football match between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 3, 2020. - Arsenal won the game 4-1. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta congratulates Arsenal’s English defender Calum Chambers (L) on the pitch on December 3, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

The Mirror report that Calum Chambers is down the pecking order at the moment, and Arsenal are willing to let him depart this month. They suggest a loan ‘with a view to a permanent exit at a later date’.

Whether this means a loan with an option to buy now, or a loan with the expectation that they’ll try to sell him permanently in the summer, it’s not exactly clear. Either way, the Chambers is clearly on the market for a temporary transfer this month.

This isn’t hugely surprising. Chambers returned from his ACL injury with the u21s in early November, but he’s still only appeared in two first-team squads since then.

The centre-back made a substitute appearance against Rapid Vienna on December 3rd, followed by a 90-minute showing against Dundalk, but that didn’t lead to a single appearance on the bench in the following seven Premier League and League Cup games.

We all know how long it takes to get back to your best after an ACL injury. I wouldn’t write off Chambers’ Arsenal career just because he missed a few squads in December.

But a loan would give the 25-year-old the chance to get playing regularly again, something it’s unlikely Mikel Arteta can offer him right now.