Calum Chambers says that being relegated with Middlesbrough last season left him ‘gutted’ but that the season long loan with the Teessiders* was a valuable experience after his Arsenal career had hit a kind of sticking point.
The 22 year old, currently shining for England at the European Under 21 Championships, will return to North London after the tournament and some holidays, confident he’s improved as a player.
“This season has been so important for me, playing games as a centre-back,” he said. “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.
“It’s been a very good season for me. 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.
“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.”
England play Germany on Tuesday, and a win could see Chambers face Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin in the final if Spain can overcome Italy in the other semi.