Calum Chambers has signed a 4 year extension with the Gunners as he is in for a long stay at Arsenal. The 23 year-old was signed from Southampton in 2014 whose future seemed to be uncertain with the Gunners linked with many centre-backs this summer, notably with Caglar Soyuncu and Sokratis Papasthapoulous with the latter officially signing for them at reportedly price of 16 million euros.
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Calum Chambers becomes the third Arsenal player to commit his future to the club since Emery’s arrival, the first being Ainsley Maitland-Niles who signed 5 year contract with the Gunners and Granit Xhaka with a 2 year extension.
Calum arrived from Southampton for a whopping fee of 16 million and has struggled to justify his transfer fee since his arrival in 2014.
Initially a right back, the 23 year-old showed a lot of promise at the start by some really good performances and also won the Player of the Month award in his debut season. He was loaned to Middlesbrough in 2016 where he was deployed as a centre-back most of the times and was praised for his performances there and the loan time was really helpful to him.
Arsenal have a wealth of young defensive players at their disposal with the likes of Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and when called upon, they have performed better than expected and from the lot, Calum Chambers was the most impressive and looked more reliable than the others.
The Gunners has been facing defensive issues for a pretty long time now and Unai Emery is already acknowledging that issue with the arrival of Sokratis from Borrussia Dortmund, whose experience will be very beneficial, especially due to the long absence of Laurent Koscielny due to an Achilles injury. Tying down Calum Chambers to a long term contract might prove out to be one of the solutions to Arsenal’s long term defensive problems and the new head coach has seen it.
🔊 Turn that volume 🆙 – we're about to take you inside the training ground…
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The Spaniard said to the club’s official website, clearly stating Chmaber’s importance to the Arsenal defense.
“I’m delighted Calum has extended his stay with us. He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season.”
He made 24 appearances last season, including eight in the Europa League and has been overall solid throughout the season.
Delighted to have signed a new deal at @arsenal! I want to give my very best to this great club. Thanks to the new manger for showing faith in me and I’m looking forward to the big season ahead! I promise to repay the fans back for the support they’ve given me! #COYG 🔴🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/WxRfjNNUGM
— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) July 3, 2018
Calum Chambers has been always looked more comfortable in a back three rather than a back four but he did well last season in a back four and will suit Emery’s plan as he is known to play with a back four defence.
Unai Emery will surely look to fix the long pending defensive issues first and we will have some idea about his plans in the pre-season games.
Juan Carlos Carcedo, who is Unai's assistant will heavily involve himself in helping us defend better. Will definitely help the talented young CB's at this club – Chambers, Holding and Mavropanos improve their game. pic.twitter.com/JOdirLA8ME
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Also, Arsenal is heavily linked being to Caglar Soyuncu and if they get him, they have to offload one of the defenders and Mustafi will be the one who is likely to leave.
Emery will try different combinations at the back in the pre-season and with Koscielny out for a long time, his first choice will likely be Sokratis and Mustafi at the kick off of the Premier League campaign and if Mustafi is to be sold, Calum Chambers will likely be the first choice at the back. Also he can provide a back up to Hector Bellerin as he is naturally a right-back which makes him a must on the bench if not in the starting line-up.
Arsenal needed to address their defensive issues after some horrific performances, especially in the away games and they look to be in good direction with an all new defense at the back. It will be more accurate to give the same players the same amount of chances to prove their worth rather than giving new players a chance when the previous ones were inadequate and only being 23 years old for now, Calum Chambers can make the most of this opportunity and flourish under Unai Emery.