Calum Chambers

Calum enjoyed a highly encouraging first season at Arsenal, proving invaluable at both right back and in the centre of defence, especially during the early months of the campaign.

Arriving from Southampton in the summer of 2014, the defender made his competitive debut in the Community Shield victory over Manchester City, having previously impressed in the Emirates Cup.

Calum Chambers Profile

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

Initially deployed at the heart of defence, he then moved to right back, with a series of calm and authoritative displays across the back four resulting in him winning the club’s August Player of the Month award.

His first Gunners goal, and indeed his first at professional level, came in November 2014. With Arsenal leading Burnley 1-0 at Emirates Stadium, the defender pounced on a loose ball to stab home from close range at the North Bank end.

An ever-present in the first half of last season, Calum helped Arsenal to retain the FA Cup after the turn of the year, making four appearances en route to Wembley.

Tall, athletic and comfortable on the ball, Calum began his career at 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 at right back.

Calum is a full England international, having made his debut against Norway in September 2014, aged 19, and was part of the under-21 squad that travelled to this summer’s European Championship in the Czech Republic.

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 + 8 0 0 + 3 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 6 + 11 1
Total 19 + 14 1 6 + 4 0 5 + 1 1 3 0 1 0 34 + 19 2

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15


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."


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.”


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


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


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.


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.”


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.”


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."


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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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.


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


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.”


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.


Calum did not feature for the first team in May.