Whilst many Arsenal fans would be hoping to see Mesut Ozil’s name in the same sentence as ‘contract extension’ – this is a deal that could strike just as much importance.
Calum Chambers has signed on the dotted line that will see his contract extended by two years, keeping him at the club for at least four more years until 2021.
The 22-year-old was sent off on loan to fellow Premier League side Middlesbrough last season, giving him a leading role in a defensive line that was a victim of relegation.
Despite the team’s failure to secure safety, Chambers picked up a well-rounded season in which he saw progression in the England U21’s following an increased amount of appearances.
Proud to sign a new contract with @arsenal. I know I’m still a young player and I want to have my best years playing for this football club. I want to win as many trophies with Arsenal as possible. I’m going to repay the fans for the faith they’ve shown in me. Can’t wait to get going again. ?⚪️ #COYG
His return to the Gunners has been halted this season however, with his return from injury in the League Cup game against Doncaster proving too soon.
The central defender was forced off at half-time and is now hoping to get back into action after nearly a month on the sidelines nursing a hip problem.
Chambers’ return could be perfectly timed with Shkodran Mustafi picking up a hamstring strain during international duty and Laurent Koscielny unable to shake off his Achilles issue.
Together with Rob Holding, Arsene Wenger now has two English defensive prospects that will no doubt become regulars in the team once our heavyweight options have moved on.