Unai Emery says Calum Chambers is part of his plans for the season ahead and welcomed the fact the England international has signed a new contract extension at the club.
The former Southampton defender has signed his second extension in nine months – his last was in October 2017 – after a promising campaign in which he made 24 appearances for the Gunners.
“I’m delighted Calum has extended his stay with us,” Emery told Arsenal.com.
“He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season.”
Delighted to have signed a new deal at @arsenal! I want to give my very best to this great club. Thanks to the new manger for showing faith in me and I’m looking forward to the big season ahead! I promise to repay the fans back for the support they’ve given me! #COYG 🔴🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/WxRfjNNUGM
— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) July 3, 2018
Chambers will battle for a starting berth in the centre of defence with Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, new boy Sokratis and, when he returns from injury, Laurent Koscielny. Oh, and Shkodran Mustafi.
He’s also flexible enough to play at right-back and has, in the past, provided back-up to Hector Bellerin.