Arsenal have confirmed that Calum Chambers has signed for Fulham on a season-long loan deal.
The 23-year-old only signed a four-year contract extension at the Emirates in July and seemed destined to spend the season competing for a starting berth under Unai Emery. Obviously, things have changed quite quickly.
It’s no secret that Arsenal have been trying to trim the squad ahead of the new season, that said, it’s somewhat surprising that Chambers is the one to make way. Moreover, we’re now being linked with another centre-back recruit, Domagoj Vida.
He currently plies his trade with Besiktas, and the Turkish side are reportedly looking for a fee in excess of €20m for the 29 year old.
It’s the second time we’ve sent Calum out on loan. He enjoyed a fruitful spell at Middlesbrough in 2016/17 and will no doubt be excited about the prospect of regular football at Craven Cottage.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery has said of Chambers departure on loan, “Calum is a talented defender who has a bright future.
“We all believe this loan at Fulham will be an important part of his development and wish him a successful season.”
Just four weeks ago, when the Englishman signed his second contract extension inside 7 months, Emery said this, “I’m delighted Calum has extended his stay with us.
“He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season.”
Clearly something has changed significantly in that time. Anyway, best of luck to Chambers throughout the season.