Calum Chambers, the young defender from Southampton, spoke to the Arsenal website about his move, his career and more. It has been a crazy few weeks for the 19 year old, as he was first signed by Arsenal, then won his first trophy soon after arriving, as Arsenal thrashed Manchester City to lift the Community Shield.
He was rewarded for his good performances at both Southampton and Arsenal with an England call up. The English National team, which is going through a transition after the World Cup failure, is looking to build a young squad; and Calum Chambers has the potential to establish himself as a regular in the team.
But for the moment, Chambers insists that he has settled into the rhythm of life at Arsenal, and is fully determined to do his best for the club. His purchase was regarded as a good piece of business by all, and the fans too recognised his performances by voting him the Vitality Player of the Month for August.
I’m really proud. It’s been a whirlwind of a month. I can’t thank all those fans that voted for me enough because it is a great achievement.
All the players and the staff here have made it so much easier than I thought it would be [to settle in]. They’ve welcomed me in really well and everyone has helped me settle into a new place. It’s all one big family here, which has been really nice.
On my first day I was pretty nervous. You’ve got a lot of big players here, big names. But I walked into the dressing room and they welcomed me straight away, which was a really nice feeling and it just relaxed me.
The manager has been fantastic with me. He’s got a great history of bringing through players like Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] and Theo [Walcott], and they’ve been successful, so I’m hoping to do the same. I’m just going to work hard, concentrate on my football and hopefully get as far as I can.
Per Mertesacker, who I get along really well with, has also been really helpful. He talks me through things, not just about football but off the pitch as well, like what I should focus on. So everyone really has chipped in and has given me advice.
The early evidence points to this being another great piece of business by Wenger, who has acquired a reputation for sniffing out young talent. Chambers looks poised to be a long term replacement for Bacary Sagna, and time will tell whether he can even eclipse the Frenchman.