Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Southampton youngster Calum Chambers on a long term contract for a fee believed to be in the region of £16m.
The 19 year old only made 21 appearances for the Southampton first team after making his debut for the South coast side last season but has seemingly done enough to attract the interest of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and convince him to splash a sizeable amount of cash to secure his services.
Chambers is the third product of the notorious Southampton youth academy to join the Gunners in recent years following in the footsteps of ex Saints Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and his arrival at Arsenal could spell the end of Carl Jenkinson’s Arsenal career.
Chambers, who is comfortable at right back, can also play a central defensive role which is something many speculate Arsene Wenger could be working towards in the future and at the tender age of 19 Chambers represents a very mouldable player. Speaking to Arsenal.com Arsene Wenger said the following on Chambers’ arrival,
“We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us. The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality. He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us.”
Calum himself had only kind words to say of his new club and is looking forward to meeting up with his new team mates for pre season,
“I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years. I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.
Chambers, who will wear the number 21 shirt, is expected to make his debut for the Gunners at next weekend’s Emirates Cup. It is not yet clear what exactly we can expect from the young Englishman this season although it is widely expected that he will play as understudy to newly recruited France international Matheiu Debuchy.