Southampton are willing to offer Chambers a way back to regular first-team football by signing him on loan from the Gunners.
Calum Chambers has endured a torrid time at Arsenal during his two-season stay in North London. Often criticized for his discipline and ball-holding capabilities, Chambers quickly went from a potential superstar at Arsenal to a youngster lacking the determination to make it at the biggest level. It has all happened all too quickly, one might think, for the young 21-year-old England international but now there is an out for him with Southampton ready to take him on loan.
Chambers got his international debut at the young age of 19 against Norway in a friendly where he came on 9 minutes from the full-time whistle. Chambers was a part of the defence which conceded goals freely in the 2014/15 season as the back-4 looked out of sync and unsettled throughout the season. Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of Chambers but has openly acknowledged the fact that he cannot guarantee a place in the starting XI for the man from Hampshire, who signed for Arsenal for £16 million in 2014 from Southampton.
Ronald Koeman is known to be looking for players to strengthen the squad of Southampton as they get ready to compete in a taxing Europa League and an ever so competitive Premier League. The rigours of next season would clearly drain out every single ounce of energy from the squad available currently as injuries and replacements generally cause an unknown amount of threat to the objectives of the squad.
Calum Chambers, who started his playing career at Southampton from the age of 7, gradually moved up through the youth ranks of their famed academy and was eventually given a chance in the senior team in 2012.
Chambers loan deal is win-win
A loan deal, if it were to come to pass, will be a smart move for all parties involved in this situation. Chambers would like to get some regular football under his belt, but with the burden of expectations being slightly lesser than what it is at Arsenal. Southampton would like a defender for the extra games that they’ll play in Europe next season, and to get a guy they have known and raised since he was a boy will be an added bonus. And lastly, Arsenal, would love to keep hold of their talented defender and give him time and space to rebuild his reputation and work back up the ladder at Arsenal.