Calum Chambers has seen strange turn of events in the last one month after Arsenal rejected two bids to sell him confirming his stay at the Emirates and his inclusion in Emery’s plan. But the former Southampton man has been sent on loan to Fulham after just signing a contract extension with the club just last month.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 7, 2018
Chambers had impressed the new head coach Unai Emery in the pre-season preparations. His consistent performances at the tail end of the last season had also given confidence to the recruiting staff that the Englishman would develop under the new boss.
Emery looked very satisfied when Chambers had signed a contract extension and said:
“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”
This is how it had been for Chambers since he arrived from Southampton under Arsene Wenger. He had a great start to his career at right back position but Wenger had also foreseen him developing into a centre-back. With very little experience at centre-back and the rise of Hector Bellerin diminished Chambers’ chance to slot his place in the starting Xl.
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
His previous loan to Middlesbrough in 2016-17 season improved his game with 24 starts and convinced the previous manger to give him a two-year extension in October 2017 at Arsenal. His performances at Centre back in European and Cup games as well as in the League didn’t go unnoticed which earned him a new four-year contract keeping the young talent at Emirates till 2022. But his strange loan deal has everyone’s eyebrow raised with Emery putting some light on the situation.
“Calum is a talented defender who has a bright future,” said the gaffer in his latest press conference after confirming Chamber’s loan deal to Fulham.
“We all believe this loan at Fulham will be an important part of his development and wish him a successful season”.
After the above statement it looks like Arsenal are still in the market and would like to buy a player with more experience at centre-back. News are doing rounds that Arsenal are competing “The Red Devils” to sign World Cup Finalist Croatian Domagoj Vida. Domagoj Vida is a Besiktas defender and has played for Croation Club Dinamo Zagreb (44 appearances) and Ukranian oufit of Dnamo Kyiv (104 appearances) previously.
— arseblog (@arseblog) August 7, 2018
His adaptability to Premier League and his age still remains a doubt while Arsenal chase this player. But Arsenal also have an uphill task of selling players who are surplus to requirements at the moment before buying Vida or any other defender.
Arsenal have experience of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and only backup of young and inexperienced Rob Holding and Mavropanos which leaves them fairly short at the back with Koscielny sidelined till December with an injury. The loan deal would certainly improve Calum Chambers but it will backfire for Arsenal in case they are not able to buy one defender before Deadline.
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