Sold by Les Reed for £16m, 0 mins this season: Southampton axed flop at perfect time – opinion
Big things were expected of Calum Chambers when he left Southampton to join Arsenal in 2014, but after a series of injuries and loan spells away from the North London club, it would appear that the Saints sold the defender at the perfect time.
In his time with Arsenal, Chambers has managed just 101 appearances for the senior side and has also spent time on loan with Middlesbrough and Fulham in recent seasons.
Unfortunately for the defender, injury problems have heavily disrupted his time with the North London club, most notably when he missed 35 games due to a cruciate ligament rupture suffered in December 2019.
Whilst he recently returned to action with the U’23s, he is yet to make an appearance for Mikel Arteta’s first-team so far this season.
Of course, Chambers is returning from a long-term injury and is most likely just regaining fitness ahead of a return to Premier League action, and his performances last season before his injury suggest that he could be a regular in this Arsenal side once he returns.
During the 2019/20 campaign, the 25-year-old made 14 appearances in the top-flight, averaging a solid 6.86 rating, so when you consider Arsenal’s woes so far this season, perhaps Arteta will want to restore the Englishman to his starting line-up in the near future.
Although, with the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer, you wonder how much longer the North London club will keep faith in Chambers, considering his injury problems since joining the club.
Either way, it seems that Southampton got a great deal in selling him for as much as they did back in 2015, thanks to former head of football Les Reed, as he was valued at just £1.8 million when he signed for the Gunners.
Saints fans may well be hoping that Chambers still goes on to have a strong career with Arsenal, but much will depend on how well he performs if he is given a chance in Arteta’s side.
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