Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the duration of the 2016-17 season.
The 21 year old signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2014 from Southampton for a fee of around £16m. His Arsenal career began brightly, but in recent times he’s struggled to convince Arsene Wenger and started just 2 Premier League games last season.
At this stage of his career a loan is crucial, as without playing time he simply won’t develop.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka was a central defender during his playing career, so hopefully his experience and coaching, along with regular football, will see Chambers get back on the right track.
Speaking to Boro’s official website about the acquisition of Chambers, Karanka noted:
“I’m really pleased. It’s a position where we’ve been working towards bringing the right player in.
“We haven’t been in a hurry because Calum was the player we were waiting for, and he’s going to help us a lot.
“I’d like to say thank you to him because we know he had another offer, but he wanted to come here. That’s important and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
The door to his Arsenal career is definitely not closed according to the manager, but much will depend on how he performs for Boro this season. He definitely has potential, so good luck to him up there.