Arsenal signing Calum Chambers reflects on ‘whirlwind’ experience

Arsenal's £16m signing Calum Chambers admits he has experienced a "whirlwind" eight months since Southampton debut

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Calum Chambers admits it has been a “whirlwind” eight months after the full-back secured a move to Arsenal earlier this week.

The 19-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the Gunners after completing a £16m move to The Emirates from Southampton on Monday.

Every experience I got was such a good feeling to go out there and play against players of such quality

Calum Chambers

And Chambers, who made his first Premier League appearance on the opening day of last season, is relishing the chance to play against top-quality opposition.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind for me,” Chambers told Arsenal’s website. “I have managed to keep my feet on the ground and worked hard but it has been quite a mad eight months!

“From under-21s to first-team football is such a big step. I think it is more mentally than physically challenging, and over the Christmas period as well it is very tough.

“I loved [my first season]. Every experience I got was such a good feeling to go out there and play against players of such quality. I just want to keep doing it more and more.”

Chambers played largely at full-back for the Saints last season, although the teenager is comfortable at centre-half.

But the England Under-21 international revealed that he started his career as a right midfielder.

“I was a midfielder about a year and a half ago for [Southampton] under-21s,” Chambers added. “I saw an opportunity in the first team at right back and thought that for my progress it would be best to move there.

“I used everything I learnt in midfield like first touch, scanning and all that and brought it into [playing as a] right back. I learnt how to play there with the under-21s and went through each game afterwards with the coaches and worked on little bits and it just went from there.”

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