Chambers
Chambers

Calum Chambers

Calum’s second season at Arsenal saw the adaptable defender make 22 appearances in all competitions.

Capable of playing at right back, centre back or in defensive midfield, the young England international was a regular in the club’s domestic cup matches, where he played seven times.

Calum Chambers Profile

Born January 20, 1995
Petersfield, England
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 21
Previous Club(s) Southampton

His highlight of the campaign came in an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round win against Burnley, where he scored his second Arsenal goal in some style - winning the January 2016 goal of the month vote after collecting Alexis’ pass before bending a first-time shot into the far corner with the outside of his foot.

Born in Petersfield, Calum began his career at local club Southampton, making his senior debut in a Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage in 2012. He featured regularly for the Saints in 2013/14, making 21 Premier League appearances, predominantly as a right back, before signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2014.

His impressive performances at the start of his Gunners career were rewarded with a first senior international cap, in a friendly against Norway in September 2014. He was still a teenager at the time.

In fact Calum made his senior England debut before representing the country’s under-21s, who he helped to win the Toulon Tournament at the end of the 2015/16 season. It was the first time in 22 years that they had lifted the trophy and Calum’s calm and measured performances in central defence saw him named in the team of the competition.

Calum Chambers's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 17 + 6 1 6 + 1 0 3 + 1 0 1 0 1 0 28 + 8 1
2015-2016 2 + 10 0 0 + 3 0 5 1 2 0 0 0 9 + 13 1
Total 19 + 16 1 6 + 4 0 8 + 1 1 3 0 1 0 37 + 21 2

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15

July

Calum played the full 90 minutes of the Barclays Asia Trophy final victory against Everton before he helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet against Wolfsburg. Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger said: “I want to develop Calum as a centre back and at the moment we have just the right number. He will get games here."

August

Calum played once in August, helping the side keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool. Speaking about Petr Cech’s influence, Calum said: “It’s good to train with him. He’s always talking to me and helping me to improve my game, which is really useful. It’s always great to have someone who can help you.”

September

Calum featured twice during September, starting against Chelsea before playing the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

October

Calum featured twice during October, playing against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup and coming on as substitute at Swansea City.

November

Calum featured twice during November. The defender came on as a substitute to help the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Dinamo Zagreb, while also playing in the defeat to Bayern Munich.

December

Calum featured six times in December and helped the Gunners keep clean sheets against Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Olympiacos. The England Under-21 international started in midfield against The Cherries, and said afterwards: “I’m enjoying it. The past couple of weeks I have been training in midfield and I have been getting more confidence and I felt good and it was a great result and a great game.”

January

Calum featured four times during January and scored a wonderful goal against Burnley in the FA Cup. The defender curled the ball into the top corner from a difficult angle to give the Gunners the lead against the Clarets. Afterwards, Alex Iwobi said: “Everyone was talking about it in the showers. He was like ‘Canaldo is what they call him now’. It’s just funny.”

February

Calum featured twice during February and helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet against Hull City in the FA Cup. The defender also won the Goal of the Month award for his strike against Burnley in January.

March

Calum featured four times in March, and helped Arsenal keep cleans sheets against Everton and Hull City.

April

Calum did not play in April.

May

Calum did not playing in May.

August

Calum gained widespread praise for his commanding and mature performances at centre back following his summer move from Southampton. The 19-year-old was outstanding in the win against Manchester City and maintained his level in the games against Crystal Palace and Everton. The versatile defender was rewarded with his first call-up to England's senior squad. "You learn from playing and training every day with players of this quality,” he said. “It's fantastic for me and I'm gaining confidence game by game. It's with the help from everyone at the club and the players and staff who have welcomed me. That's helped me settle in so quickly."

September

Calum was voted by Gunners fans as their Vitality Player of the Month for August and continued to impress in September. The 19-year-old featured in three of Arsenal’s matches and earned his first England cap at the beginning of the month against Norway.

October

Calum played four times for Arsenal in October after he was suspended for the Hull City game for picking up five yellow cards. The 19-year-old had been used primarily as a centre back in September but displayed his versatility with four solid performances at right back, including a tough test against Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. “He looks very comfortable, whether you play him at right back or centre back,” Wojciech Szczesny said. “He is comfortable on the ball, he is comfortable defending and he is very strong as well. He has been a massive signing.”

November

Calum scored his first Arsenal goal in the 3-0 win against Burnley at the start of the month. After that the 19-year-old went on to feature in the remaining five November fixtures as well, and was in the England squad for games against Scotland and Slovenia. “It is a dream to score,” Calum told Arsenal Player after the Burnley game. “I want to try and add that to my game at full back. I want to get more assists and goals and, for that to happen, I have to get forward more.”

December

Calum had mixed success in his six appearances throughout December. After helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet against his former club, Southampton at the start of the month, the defender was sent off for two yellow cards against Stoke City. However, the 19-year-old returned with mature performances against Galatasaray and Liverpool to help the Gunners extend their unbeaten run to five games at the end of the month.

January

Calum featured three times in January - including 60 minutes in midfield alongside Francis Coquelin at Southampton - helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet against Hull City and claiming an assist in the 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

February

Calum played twice in February, completing the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s wins against Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.

March

Calum featured four times in March, starting twice, and helped Arsenal keep clean sheets against Everton and West Ham United at right back. Speaking after the West Ham United win, Calum said: “We’re getting a lot of good results and we’ve just got to keep the positive vibe and keep getting the results we need.”

April

Calum was a 90th-minute substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Burnley, helping his side close out a tough victory at Turf Moor.

May

Calum did not feature for the first team in May.