Highly-rated defender Calum Chambers signed for Arsenal from Southampton in July 2014.
The England youth international graduated from the Saints' academy system to make his senior debut in August 2012. He made his first-team league debut on the opening day of the 2013/14 season, when he played the full 90 minutes at right back in a 1–0 win against West Bromwich Albion. He went on to make 22 appearances for the south coast club.
Calum Chambers Profile
January 20, 1995 Petersfield, England
Tall and athletic, the versatile youngster started his career in midfield, but established himself at right back last season and can also play in the centre of defence. He is currently captain of England Under-19s and has also represented his country at under-17 level.
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.”