When Calum Chambers’ £16m transfer to Arsenal was complete, the deal was met by both uncertainty and optimism about the youngster’s future.
Uncertainty because many supporters were unsure as to whether Chambers would settle into the first-team, and actually prove his worth in the side. But also optimism: Chambers has plenty of international experience with England, reiterated by the amount of international caps he’s tallied in the youth ranks (32 and counting).
A 20-year-old from Southampton’s academy system, with the fee and terms of the deal being taken into consideration, it was definitely more of a long-term investment as opposed to a quick ‘big name’ fix.
Those fans who were worried that Chambers might not be good enough were effectively silenced in the early months of the campaign. His impressive displays in the annual Emirates Cup tournament, as well as when called upon in the starting XI, demonstrated how a run of good form and consistency can see you force your way into Arsène Wenger’s immediate first-team plans.