Calum Chambers claims that his season on-loan at Middlesbrough has allowed the centre-back to reach “another level” ahead of Arsenal return (via Sky Sports).
After an exciting first season and a forgetful second, Calum Chambers has become something of a forgotten man at Arsenal.
The defender signed for the Gunners from Southampton back in 2014 and quickly established himself in the first-team. Chambers eventually lost his place and, unable to retain it in his second season, spent last term on-loan at Middlesbrough.
The 22-year-old made 24 Premier League appearances last season and is currently with the England Under-21s at the European Championships in Poland.
The Young Lions take on Germany in the semi-finals tomorrow and Chambers is in a reflective mood ahead of the clash.
“It’s been a very good season for me,” Chambers told Sky Sports. “I gave absolutely everything to try to get results and keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that and I was gutted.
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“This season has been so important for me, playing games as a centre-back. The experience I have gained in that position just from playing is so valuable to me. I just feel it’s just pushed me on another level.
“I want to have a good tournament anyway and I’m focusing on here. If I have a good tournament it’s great and I’ll be going back to Arsenal for pre-season and doing the best I can and seeing what happens.
“We have to see what happens. I’m an Arsenal player and I’ll be going back in for pre-season and concentrating on that but at the moment my focus is on England and beating Germany.”
It’s good to see Calum Chambers being optimistic about his future. He has been impressive in this under-21 side and had some good moments for Middlesbrough last season as well. Rob Holding has somewhat outshone Chambers in an Arsenal shirt but hopefully, the former-Southampton will return to the Emirates a better player next season.